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    Roadside nature

    I am a big nature guy I love animals and fishing. I spot all kinds of animals everywhere I go. Mainly birds and the occasional coon or possum, but the other day while riding I saw a big bobcat which I thought was really cool. So I thought I'd start a thread for any cool sightings of such things. What are a some critters y'all have seen along the road.

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    Saw this bad boy about a year ago on a local mountain road... I'm glad he wasn't bigger nor aliver.

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    I saw some peacocks a couple weeks ago jumping up on roofs and flying between them. peacocks? I can't find the pic at the moment.

    coyotes, rabbits & squirrels are quite common. I rode right through a small group of 4 coyotes a while ago... they didn't budge.

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    Some of the more "exotic" include moose, bears, mountain lion (in a cage) prong horn antelope, bison, porcupine, badger, elk, bald eagles, ptarmigan, hoary marmot and a jackelope.
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    I seen some wild turkeys while on my motorcycle last week. I had a human walk out of a cornfield while I was going by and it startled me. And a couple of deer the other day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
    Saw this bad boy about a year ago on a local mountain road... I'm glad he wasn't bigger nor aliver.

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    I saw some peacocks a couple weeks ago jumping up on roofs and flying between them. peacocks? I can't find the pic at the moment.
    I always feel more sorry for snake road kill since they are slower than many other creatures and thus don't stand much of a chance. Riding into a state park in N. Dakota a couple of us encountered a pretty long (over 3') snake. It's back end had been run over and squished by a car but it was still alive. One of us moved it off the road with a pump.

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    Kind of hard to see, but here is the porcupine:

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    Millbook Village, NJ. I head something rustling in the leaves and looked over.

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    Found the peacock. Unfortunately the shot I had of her flying between roofs is pretty blurry so this roadrunner-style shot will have to do.

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    As for snakes... no sympathy for rattlers! I don't know if you can make out his rattle at the end of his mushed tail but that's not a snake I'll ever feel sorry for.

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    There is a raccoon that lives on a certain part of a trail I ride a lot. I've probably seem him 4-5 times. Cute feller.

    However around here I see more dead things than alive.....and that reminds me, I saw a raccoon dead right at the street crossing for the MUP, which is about 50 yards from my buddy the raccoon I usually saw. I hope it wasn't him
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    saw a lynx crossing the road earlier this summer as I was nearing my house. that's unusual even for these parts.
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    Let's see. Deer, wild turkeys, rabbits, skunks, squirrels, chipmunks, possum, snakes, one mink, coyotes, foxes. Looking up when everything's clear in front of me for a spell, red tailed hawks and ospreys. Along with a crapload of seagulls. Riding by harbors, I also see a lot of cormorants sitting on pilings, or in the water diving down on fish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
    As for snakes... no sympathy for rattlers! I don't know if you can make out his rattle at the end of his mushed tail but that's not a snake I'll ever feel sorry for.
    There is a 23 mile rail-trail between Jim Thorpe and White Haven, PA. Goes through a river gorge. Most of it is pretty isolated. There are only a few ways in by vehicle. It's not uncommon to see rattlers sunning themselves right on the trail. I nearly ran over one last year. Never noticed it. My GF asked "Did you see that snake?" Went back and, sure enough, it was a young rattler. I have seen them on the trail a few other times as well.

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    The rattler, one of several bald eagles I have seen and horseshoe crabs engaged in their prehistoric mating ritual. Some others (not pictured) came to mine, including many great blue herons, loons, sand hill cranes and a huge jackrabbit. The rabbit was one of my favorites. I was riding east towards Wolf Point, MT. On my right was a fallow field. I let out a loud sneeze and saw something kick up and dash away. At first I thought it was a small deer or a large dog. But then I noticed the tall ears and the huge rear feet.


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    Quote Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
    ....At first I thought it was a small deer or a large dog. But then I noticed the tall ears and the huge rear feet.

    ah, the elusive Jackalope.... How many points on its head?? Lol!
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    I see rabbits, squirrels, birds(usually crows), opossum, and deer all the time on my rural bike route. One day last summer when I was riding along the secluded bike path I made a point to count the rabbits I spooked, and exceeded 30 within a 10 mile stretch. Ironically this was the same day I had a buck run maybe 3 feet in front of me, before that day the only deer I had ever seen on my rides was a stray doe every now and then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Erwin8r View Post
    ah, the elusive Jackalope.... How many points on its head?? Lol!
    I was describing a real live jack rabbit. I have only seen jackalope heads mounted in bars. I did date a woman who thought they were real. That relationship did last that long.
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    No rattlers but there are a lot of copperhead on the trail I ride. It's head was already in the grass on the side so I couldn't tell. It could have been a copperhead because I know there are a lot down there at the river, but also copperhead and regular watersnakes can be confused, especially when you are a non-snake expert like I am. Leaves were starting to litter the trail and I didn't see it until just before I ran over the back of it.

    Other than that, I see a lot of deer. I'm waiting to see a bear and a bald eagle.
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    There is some really cool stuff being reported. I feel somewhat limited living in town down here in Texas. would love to see deer and osprey's, not sure about a bear. The best so far is the horseshoe crabs. How cool is that. A lynx would be cool as well, but I am afraid that big bobcat is as close as I'll get round here. Fall is upon us so all the raptors will be coming down now so I'll be looking for them now.

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    Am I the only one who thought this would be about going potty...lol don't see much more than the occasional squirrel or rabbit.
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    How about Big Horn sheep. They walked right by me like I wasn't even there. I could have petted them as they walked by.
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    Do the flies, crickets, etc. that fly into my mouth while I'm riding count?
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    The Big Horn are really cool!

    This guy posed for me a couple of weeks ago on Northridge trail, Chino Hills:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Homeyba View Post
    How about Big Horn sheep. They walked right by me like I wasn't even there. I could have petted them as they walked by.
    Awesome! That is startling, as I know they tend to be quite shy, and alternatively aggressive when encountered on their turf. Awesome pic!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Erwin8r View Post
    Awesome! That is startling, as I know they tend to be quite shy, and alternatively aggressive when encountered on their turf. Awesome pic!
    They probably recognized that I am a sheep herder at home so they must have been comfortable. Yeah, that's it. Actually I was pretty surprised too that they walked right by me without even a second notice. Here's an Elk, I have a pic of a brown bear (I'm not that close to!) and a bald eagle snatching a fish out of a lake somewhere if I can find em.


    For reference the big horn and elk pics were taken on the Rocky Mountain 1200km.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Homeyba View Post
    How about Big Horn sheep. They walked right by me like I wasn't even there. I could have petted them as they walked by.
    I have heard they don't think anybody can get above them so you are obviously not there.

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    I rode past some sheep in Curecanti Recreational Area. They were grazing by the side of the road. In heavily travelled areas they can get accustomed to humans. Same is true for mountain goats, which I have seen after riding up to Logan Pass in Glacier National Park. This guy walked along with me for a while as I was headed to Hidden Lake:

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