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    Birding and Biking; The birds you see on your ride.

    I hope you all will forgive my ignorance, I seldom know just which bird I'm looking at. I don't know enough of their names. So maybe some of you can help me out with identifying my bird sightings. And let's see if I remember how to post a picture here. I hope you'll all join me in posting your bird sightings as well. I saw these raptors circling this morning. There were three of them. Are they hawks, or something else? Raptors.jpgRaptor.jpg
    Is this a white heron? I've seen blue herons around here before, but never a white one.
    White Heron2.jpgWhite Heron1.jpg
    This one I know is a Roadrunner. When they run they do kind of look like the cartoon.
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    The top bird looks like a turkey vulture. They are silvery under the wings. The center bird is a great egret. Love the roadrunner!
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    I haven't been on the bike in a week, but today I saw purple gallinules, including this one:


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    Oh, that's pretty! Thanks for the IDs, goldfinch.

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    I see small parrots every time I ride, I keep the bikes in the bird room (covered with sheets!)

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    You have a bird room? Cool! I'd love to see pictures of your birds. Parrots are such cheerful birds. There is a colony of lovebirds living free along the canals here. I see them sometimes when I ride. I used to keep budgies.

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    Two years ago while my wife and I were riding we saw a gaggle of turkeys running through the woods. It was pretty funny because we were pretty far back from where we saw them and I was telling her about a hen I saw on the side of the road while driving down the interstate. Then, I saw the birds and said, "Wouldn't it be funny if they were wild turkeys?" It turned out they were!

    I think the oddest bird I've ever seen while on a ride was a heron or a vulture. I'd never seen a vulture in person until about a week or two ago. They are some seriously ugly birds!
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    The day I got my helmet cam I was riding up the Santa Ana River trail, when a heron took off and started along the river in my direction. I kept pace with it for a few miles (and it was work!), my camera pealed on it. Got home to find the video had looped and recorded over it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kazzy View Post
    This one I know is a Roadrunner. When they run they do kind of look like the cartoon.
    Roadrunner1.jpgroadrunner2.jpg
    But they don't sound like it. More like a crow with a tracheotomy.
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    Seagulls, Core Creek County Park, PA.


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    Quote Originally Posted by goldfinch View Post
    I haven't been on the bike in a week, but today I saw purple gallinules, including this one:

    That's just gorgeous...

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    That's a pretty picture, Neal. Thanks for sharing it.

    @CommuteCommando, wow, that's frustrating and disappointing! Hope you get a better capture next time. I see blue herons here occasionally. They don't like to let you get close.

    @Wooden Tiger, a few years ago I came upon a vulture/buzzard of some kind on the bike trail making a snack of some poor hapless critter. They are BIG birds and yes, ugly. I have pictures somewhere. I'll try to find them. Once I interrupted a hawk during a meal. It flew up to a nearby tree and scared the crap out of a bunch of little birds who fled screeching in terror. I felt bad about that.

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    The Audubon Society has an excellent publication with photos of all bird species native to North America.
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    Turkey vulture, taken from near Barbour Rock on the West Rim of Pine Creek Gorge, August 2010.


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    Turkey that got lost from someone's farm, near Rt. 6 north of Wellsboro Junction.


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    "Alpha" the seagull on guard duty at Kinzua Dam. Since the dam had signs up that said "Security Level Alpha", we figured that was the name of the bird and he was the security force.



    Alpha clearly thought I was a danger, since he attacked me.







    I beat a retreat and the bird resumed his post.


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    Canada Geese, Hopewell Lake at French Creek State Park, PA.


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    Not a whole lot while cycling, and I don't usually have any meaningful camera gear with me when I'm on the bike anyway.

    I've seen a few green woodpeckers around (they fly surprisingly fast), and a few red kites riding near a friend's house. He gets them flying over his back garden and I'm seriously jealous of that.

    Aside from that most of what I see while riding are just the everyday birds, although with an occasional swan on the river. Seen some interesting stuff while out hiking in the US - looked down on turkey vultures and clocked the odd redtail hawk, osprey, bald eagle etc. Obviously the trip up the mountain to join the hawkwatch results in a few more interesting sightings but can't really count that as "while out cycling".
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    Ten years or more ago I went for a ride in Point Pelee national park, in southern ontario near Windsor. I was doing work in the area, brought my bike along

    Apparently it's a birding paradise at certain times of the year, and I was there at one of those times. I saw so many unusual, different birds that day, it was wonderful.

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    Saw an American Bald Eagle while touring in MT two years ago and one in VT the year before. Both looked young and were flying very low. I have a photo of the former somewhere at home. Will try to post it later.

    Back in '00, while on a month+ tour from Seattle to SW Colorado, I spent about a week off and on camping/lodging staying with a Menonite couple riding cross country. The husband was a birder. He was keeping a log of all the birds he had seen along with birds he had heard but not seen. He had learned to recognize their calls by listening to tapes. I am pretty uneducated when it comes to most birds. It was great to have someone who could identify birds I had seen during the day's ride.

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    Generally see lots of raptors on rides...both road and mountain biking. Most abundant are Turkey Vultures (if anyone rides the Santa Ana River Trail you always see these birds hunting for live or dead fish), Redtails and Cooper's Hawks. Last month riding the Upper Santa Ana River Trail, there is a fence along the trail and sitting on the fence was the prettiest little Kestrel... and I didn't have a camera! Teach me not to bring it! Last night doing a MTB ride, I start in a park that is overrun with Peafowl... the big males are all gustied up right now with full, flashy tails. It's fun to watch then try to out flash each other. Also saw alot of Acorn Woodpeckers.

    I have a special affinity for birds and love to watch them. I can identify quite a few but am not good with bird calls, something I have tried to learn for years. I just don't have a good ability to learn languages.
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    To many what I see on nearly every ride would be marvelous, to me ordinary. Usually bald eagles, hawks, osprey, canada geese, ducks, mostly mallards, herons, quail, chickens, red winged blackbirds, plus an assortment of songbirds that I am not able to identify.


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    I saw a pheasant on today's ride.
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    Great pics all... I see turkeys, hawks eagles songbirds and the "occasional" seagull. We have a lot of seagulls here on Lake Erie
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    The only birds I'd give a second thought. Even then, a "second thought", nothing more.



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