I'm with you on the dogs! PI, Tics, they bring me all kinds of summer treats, lol
I don't know about birds, but if you hear lawn equipment, go inside. My neighbor isn't allergic and he took the weedwacker to a bunch at the edge of his property- hundreds of feet away from my house and I got it all over! I was a mess - he basically aerosolized it and chemical warfar-ed me! It was IN MY EARS!
I still pick a cool day after the leaves come out, when I can go out in a turtleneck, latex gloves under good kitchen rubber gloves, sleves tucked under gloves, which I tape down, bandana around my nose and mouth like a bank robber and safety glasses.. and I pull and pull till there's nothing left- and I can fill a 30 gallon garbage bag- outter gloves go in the trash bag, inner gloves stay on to tie up the bag- then clothes straight to washing machine, careful to take them off right side out, and I go straight to the shower. I usually get away without getting any. I feel a little silly, but its the only way to keep it at bay- otherwise it just invades everything and I get it all year. Its worth it.