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.