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post #1 of 13 Old 09-11-2011, 01:33 AM Thread Starter
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Got Hit By An Owl Tonight

Or, perhaps I should say I hit an owl. I was riding home around 11:20pm or so in a light rain down the Northwest Parkway in St. Joe, MO shortly after leaving work. The parkway is nice; pretty much deserted at that time of night, trees close to each side and arched totally over the windy, curving road that's illuminated by streetlights.

Came around a corner and startled a good-sized owl that was on the edge of the road. It took off slightly ahead of me and started flying parallel to the road, then turned right and flew right into my Madstad windshield. I thought it was going to come behind the windshield so I was all leaned over to the right and cringing with my head down, muttering a few choice expletives.

Fortunately I was only going about 35 so it just kind of bounced off the windshield and kept flying and I kept going.

Second bird I've hit this year. A couple of months ago I had a turtledove fly up off the edge of the road and hit me directly in the right eye. Glad the owl hit the windshield.



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post #2 of 13 Old 09-11-2011, 01:55 AM
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Those owls aren't as wise as they're made out to be.
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post #3 of 13 Old 09-11-2011, 04:58 PM
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I got hit by one earlier this spring.. It was early morning and it was sitting in a ditch. As I rode by, it flew out of the ditch, almost parallel with me, and then it turned into me.. It hit my bike, right behind my left leg, between my leg and the saddlebag.
I lifted my leg up and out, yelling (of course) and it then flew out to the side of the road..
The guy behind me watched the entire thing, and then got a bunch of photos of the owl as it stood there to look at him and myself. Then it flew off.. It was a weird morning because later I had to stop for a fox that was trotting down the center of the road..
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I was riding the Wing home at night a few years ago and I always rode it with the face shield open.. One night I had a bat hit me in the face.. I don't know how the bat did, but it gave me the creeps..

I'll take bats and owls over hitting a 200 pound whitetail any day of the week.. I rode home about 1 hour right at dusk last night, and I saw at least 2 dozen in the 60 miles.. Luckily they were more content eating in the fields than running in front of the fat guy on the scooter..
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I was riding the Wing home at night a few years ago and I always rode it with the face shield open.. One night I had a bat hit me in the face.. I don't know how the bat did, but it gave me the creeps..

I'll take bats and owls over hitting a 200 pound whitetail any day of the week.. I rode home about 1 hour right at dusk last night, and I saw at least 2 dozen in the 60 miles.. Luckily they were more content eating in the fields than running in front of the fat guy on the scooter..
LOL. Glad you guys all made out OK. I am a bird freak...especially birds of prey, but I like people more. My aunt, gone now, took a red tailed hawk to the face through her windshield one time. ****ed her up good. We gotta be careful. Closest call I've had lately was a dead skunk I ran over because I was tailgating (asking for it). Didn't hurt, wasn't scary. Sure smelled bad for a while, though.




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I'm always paranoid about deer, but it's those damned possums that I worry about the most. They blend in with the pavement (where they're usually found dining on some other unfortunate creature that met the underside of a car), they move fast and they're unpredictable. I wouldn't want to run over one with my front wheel on a curve/corner.



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coming back from our trip to Inuvik this summer .... cruising along in last out of 4 riders ... all of a sudden, THUNK! something hits me in the chest and drops into my lap. I pick it up ... hummm. it a bird of some kind. looks pretty good, except no head - just a bloody stump! so i ride ahead and show the guys, then toss it to a bear we were passing at the time for a snack.... that even topped last year when i hit a ruffed grouse and BBQd it for dinner.

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