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Old 10-15-01, 09:37 PM   #1
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Wildlife??

Anyone see any interesting wildlife on their rides??

So far, in the last couple of months, numerous deer (saw eight tonight), coyote, several foxes, smell of a skunk, all sorts of rabbits and squirrels, a whole "flock" of circling raptors (I counted 12 circling at one time), many, many birds, horses, cows (including one dead one being devoured by vultures). MIssed a mtn lion by a few minutes.

So, how about you??
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Lots of deer and turkeys, a couple of raccoons, several snakes, and the usual gazillion squirrels.
Had an interesting but sad event last week. I was riding at Rock Bridge State Park and saw a guy standing next to the trail looking at something so I stopped. There was a yearling deer hung in a cattle fence by it's hind leg. Very much alive yet. So I climbed the fence and the other guy stayed on that side and we lifted it out and laid it on the ground. It was too exhausted to run. It was scarred up from the fence but nothing seemed broken. Reported it to the local Rangers. When I went back two days later to ride again, it was still there, dead. No good deed goes unpunished I guess.
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In the last week: Dozens of cows, horses, birds, I saw a hawk grab a mouse just a few feet from my bike, it was awesome. I also saw a skunk spray a kid when he tried to push it away with his fishing poll, luckly, i was up wind for that event!
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I just 'bout got knocked right off'n my very bike by a dad gummed deer..TWICE dag nabbit!! And then ther was an ole snake, that made the lead rider slam on the ole brakes and just about made near everybody crash. And then ther was a turtle I near ranned right over the top of.
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Mainly kangaroos and wallabies on my weekend rides. I also see a few brush turkeys, which is scary because they know no fear! I actually have seen some deer around here on occasions (only in Numinbah Valley, strangely), and it wouldn't be Queensland without canetoads .

On my night commutes I see quite a few bats.
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Mainly kangaroos and wallabies on my weekend rides. I also see a few brush turkeys, which is scary because they know no fear! I actually have seen some deer around here on occasions (only in Numinbah Valley, strangely), and it wouldn't be Queensland without canetoads .

On my night commutes I see quite a few bats.
Geez ChrisL, you make us American's animals look domestic.
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Well, have you run into that strange type of animal they call Steve Irwin?
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Well, I have you run into that strange type of animal they call Steve Irwin?
Much much worse... How about Warwick Capper
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Well, let's see...too many deer to count, racoons, possums, and was once chased by a big black bull. Pheasants, geese, turkeys, red-tailed hawks, and a flock of circling turkey buzzards. That last one had me worried...I know I am old and slow, but I'm not dead yet! I was worried that they knew something I didn't!!

Seeing wild life is really fun. I still remember the day I was having a particularly good ride, and I crossed a little bridge, and happened to look to the side, and there were two pairs of eyes looking back at me! Two yearling does laying in the deep grass next to a creek! As I silently slid past them, they were as curious about me as I was of them!
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Deer, Porcupine (dead), skunks, squirrels, 1 coyote, jackrabbit, prairie dogs, 1 snake, lots of horney toads, bats, ravens, turkey vultures, horses, TONS of bees (one was down in my shirt today for a long time and I didn't know it), um, that's about all I can think of @ the moment.
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I recently saw seven bucks "after" one doe and they DIDN'T CARE WHO saw them, why were all of their tongues hanging out?
I've seen herons, buzzards in summer, Bald Eagles, various hawks- ospreys,peregrines, owls, and too many other various birds to mention, marmots, ground squirrels, coyotes, racoons and moose etc.
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Most of the wildlife here is pretty tame. Lots of sheep, goats, cows, horses, deer (domestic), chickens, and the odd peacock.

But we do see many species of waterfowl - swans, geese of many kinds (including Egyptian), quite a few duck species, grebes, coots, herons, cormorants, etc.

But my personal favorite is that quintessential English bird, the hedgehog. Many little Erics running around here, mostly at or after dusk. I just love those little critters. And they help keep the enormous slug population (somewhat) under control.

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Well, I have you run into that strange type of animal they call Steve Irwin?
All hail Steve Irwin "Hey, whadda we got here little fella???"

What a guy! :thumbup:

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We have a saying in Australia- 'Mad as a cut snake'.
That describes that very wild and stupid animal called Steve Irwin.

Sorry if you don't understand the above , I could explain it simply as -Steve is an idiot!!! Well that is the general consensus to most Aussies. Who else would walk up to a quiet sleeping venomous snake, then prod it with a stick until it rears up and then exclaim 'Woo look at him, Geez he's a cranky fella!!' - No bloody wonder Stevie boy!!

Sorry, to answer your question Fubar, nope and I hope I never do.... unless the snake has him pinned to the ground. HaHa.
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the Australian bushman,....Cor look at that giant croc over there, he must be 20 feet long..now if I can just sneak around to the back of him and jam my thumb in his butt hole, that'll really piss him off ! , shoosh, must be very quite now as not to disturb him... ok I'm now jammin my thumb in his butthole......whoaaa he's gettin very pissed orf now..........
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let's see:
northern cardinals
Goldfinches
red-winged blackbirds
pheasants
mockingbirds
canada geese
mallard ducks
slate-grey juncos
house finches
purple martens
an opossum
several woodchucks
chipmunks
squirrels
white-tail deer
redwing hawk
barn owl
coyote
arm-flapping earphone-wearing rollerbladers
all in the last month, while riding.
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WOW!!

Lots of animules seen by you posters.

I forgot to mention that during the last couple of months, I have seen NUMEROUS snakes. They sun themselves on the concrete paths. I always try to miss them, but sometimes am not successful. I wonder what it does to a snake to have 250 pounds rolling over its body??

Most not feel too good. But I never see the snake still on the trail after a "hit". I don't know if it kills them eventually or not.

It is quite disconcerting to go around a corner at 20 mph and to see a snake in the trail!!

Fortunately, these have all been harmless snakes.
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Not so the rider, however.

It depends upon where you get it. If it is over a vital organ, it could be quickly fatal. But it could take considerably longer. In any case, it won't help them any.

Such are the perils of too much exposure to the sun.

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We have a saying in Australia- 'Mad as a cut snake'.
That describes that very wild and stupid animal called Steve Irwin.

Sorry if you don't understand the above , I could explain it simply as -Steve is an idiot!!!

Well, I don't think anybody in America could charge him guilty of being smart. It just goes to show, you don't have to be smart to make money and be popular.
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Crikey!

But his American wife is pretty cute. However, she is getting as crazy as him. I guess it rubs off.

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I just 'bout got knocked right off'n my very bike by a dad gummed deer..TWICE dag nabbit!! And then ther was an ole snake, that made the lead rider slam on the ole brakes and just about made near everybody crash. And then ther was a turtle I near ranned right over the top of.
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Tell your parents I said to get you out of South Carolina IMMEDIATELY!! I detect a definite turn for the worse in your grammar, etc., since you have been posting here. Run. Run NOW! Save yourself!

My ride is very urban though I do go through our big City Park and a few miles by the lake. I see squirrels in the park and brown pelicans (our state bird) on the lake. It is good to see so many pelicans. The were considered endangered back in the '70s because DDT caused thin eggshells which decimated their reproduction cycle. I spent many days fishing in the marshes of south Louisiana when I was young and NEVER, EVER saw a brown pelican. Now they are everywhere. It does my ol' pea-pickin' heart good. Damnit, Fubar, now you've got me started!
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I thought that, considering how many former governers (guvuhnuhs, in loozyana-speak) were incarcerated, the Jailbird would be the state bird?
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Tell your parents I said to get you out of South Carolina IMMEDIATELY!! I detect a definite turn for the worse in your grammar, etc., since you have been posting here. Run. Run NOW! Save yourself!

My ride is very urban though I do go through our big City Park and a few miles by the lake. I see squirrels in the park and brown pelicans (our state bird) on the lake. It is good to see so many pelicans. The were considered endangered back in the '70s because DDT caused thin eggshells which decimated their reproduction cycle. I spent many days fishing in the marshes of south Louisiana when I was young and NEVER, EVER saw a brown pelican. Now they are everywhere. It does my ol' pea-pickin' heart good. Damnit, Fubar, now you've got me started!
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