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Animals you have found on your rides

Old 05-09-17, 07:17 PM
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Animals you have found on your rides

Well this was a first for me last night. Seeing a guinea pig on the trail. I had my gopro with me, so I documented the whole thing. What would you do if you found a guinea pig on your ride?

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Old 05-09-17, 07:19 PM
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This past weekend we saw a beaver.
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I don't think I'd be able to identify it and would just assume it was some wild rodent.

Riding with my wife one night last fall she spotted two kittens. In a desolate, swampy area where they would certainly have made a meal for something before the end of the night. We had to pick them up, but having a couple in the house and 7 ferals outside we couldn't handle two more. So we spent much of the next day trying to find someone who would take them. Finally found a private shelter organization that agreed to take them along with a generous contribution. My wife now volunteers for the organization and the kittens were adopted out to a loving home.
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I think I saw a sqrat today (squirrel/rat hybrid)!
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2 metre long carpet snake. It's autumn here so snakes shouldn't be out but this one was warming itself on the road but in the shade of the trees (snakes are so stupid) so I didn't see it until too late. Managed to bunny hop it though.
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Seen some deers, foxes, snakes,etc. Here are few pics I found in my folder:


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I don't think I'd be able to identify it and would just assume it was some wild rodent.

Riding with my wife one night last fall she spotted two kittens. In a desolate, swampy area where they would certainly have made a meal for something before the end of the night. We had to pick them up, but having a couple in the house and 7 ferals outside we couldn't handle two more. So we spent much of the next day trying to find someone who would take them. Finally found a private shelter organization that agreed to take them along with a generous contribution. My wife now volunteers for the organization and the kittens were adopted out to a loving home.
Awesome thing to do, you and your wife get my good people of the week award.
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It wasn't alive, but it was beautiful and I got to see it close up. A hummingbird that was lying in the middle of the bike lane. A male Anna. Wings folded, looking just like the ones that come to my feeder, but this one I could hold up to the light and see it's full beauty. (I only see them backlit from my house. Very close but I never see their colors.)

This one had immaculate feathers, like it was asleep. Having it in my hand, weighing nothing and so beautiful. A life too short, but not unappreciated.

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Here's a bear I saw near the top of Cascade River Road. I took a snow nap 100 yards up to cool down. Saw another on the descent.



Crashed into a flying bird the day I bought my first Cervelo.
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I see squirrels and rabbits on a regular basis but a couple of weeks ago a roadrunner crossed the MUP. That was a first for me.
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Found an 8-inch spotted salamander at the edge of the road in 42-degree weather once. It seemed alive but wasn't moving. Much colder weather was on the way, so it was doomed at any rate. I moved it out of the road and into the grass.

Another time I saw the butt end of a bear disappearing into some bushes next to a fairly well-traveled road. That same year, a YouTube video emerged of someone who lives on that street filming a bear wandering through his yard. Odds are it was the same bear I saw. Bears travel the Cayuga Lake watershed areas from time to time and usually stay away from civilization but one might get close enough to residential areas every few years that people have a chance of spotting it.

I also saw what I thought at the time might be an alpaca. It was halfway into a clump of trees so, like the bear, I didn't get a look at its front half. There is an alpaca ranch not too far from where I live, so I wondered if one had escaped. The things are quite valuable, though, so I bet people go to great lengths to prevent them from getting loose. I later realized it was probably an albino deer, which is uncommon enough.

I see snapping turtles in roadside ditches a couple of times each summer after several days of rain. One was so big I thought it might be an alligator snapper, but I circled around and looked at it and it was a > 2 feet long common snapper. Biggest one I've ever seen.

Still hoping to see bigfoot.
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I see lots of wildlife and farm critters on my rides since I live on the edge of suburbia and farmland, but I have never seen a guinea pig. I have seen guinea fowl running around loose, and those are some funny birds. Turkeys are my favorite to come across, with roadrunners a close second.
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I saw a very large dark spot crawling across a local MUP..... As I got closer it got even larger. I have a picture of it somewhere but this dang snapping turtle had a shell that was at least 2' in diameter.

Almost ran over this guy the other day.
https://1drv.ms/i/s!Ars3kKUevsML-bscCfNYbNODHI5wQg
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Good on you for taking the time to catch him and bring him home. Poor little dude must have either been abandoned or escaped from someone. They're neat little rodents and fun pets, I had quite a few growing up.
That said, I see a lot of long-tailed weasels on my rides. The river I ride near is at a rather high flood stage and they're either flooded out of their homes, or fishing for minnows and bugs. Maybe both. They're rather fun to watch run by.
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I had a terrible experience when I came upon a rattlesnake one day. He was smack in the middle of the road, really good size, just a beautiful animal. I skidded to a stop and was getting my bearings when suddenly some lady comes flying up the hill, rounds the corner and runs over him. I didn't have any time to warn her or stop her. He was flailing around after that, head all mangled and half his rattler scattered all over the road. I found a tree branch and moved him onto the shoulder.
Put him out of his misery with a large rock.


Another time, I found this little guy, must have died the night prior.


This is all on Cañada road in Woodside by 82 for all the SF Bay Area ppl.
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I ride MTB with the buffalo over on Catalina Island.

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I've seen a ferret on two separate occasions at night, spotted them by their eyes. I'm still waiting to see a monkey.

The only wildlife I tend to see though are various birds. I like seeing herons, and last week my friend and I had hawks flying around whilst making their screech.
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Originally Posted by jon c. View Post
I don't think I'd be able to identify it and would just assume it was some wild rodent.

Riding with my wife one night last fall she spotted two kittens. In a desolate, swampy area where they would certainly have made a meal for something before the end of the night. We had to pick them up, but having a couple in the house and 7 ferals outside we couldn't handle two more. So we spent much of the next day trying to find someone who would take them. Finally found a private shelter organization that agreed to take them along with a generous contribution. My wife now volunteers for the organization and the kittens were adopted out to a loving home.
On behalf of my house full o' cats, I thank you for taking the time to help those kittens.
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Yeah, even in the countryside, it seems there is not much wildlife in Japan. I'd guess The craziest animals I've seen are insects.
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I got to see a Bald Eagle last Saturday. Sitting in a tree very close to the road, but unfortunately it took off when I grabbed for the camera..

Of course, dodging a few deer.

Every once in a while I encounter a skunk on my driveway. So far I haven't run over him yet

There are a couple of Osprey nests around here..
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While cycling in Australia I've seen ... just to name a few ...

-- kangaroos
-- wallabies
-- wombats
-- echidnas
-- emus
-- birds of all sorts (parrots, rosellas, cockatoos, kookaburras, magpies, etc. etc.)
-- snakes
-- possums
-- a blue-tongued goanna

Here's a koala I saw and photographed on Rowan's and my February 2008 tour in Australia:



Here's a kookaburra at Wilson's Prom:




Here's a photo set of animals I've seen here in Australia ... some while riding, some where I live, some on other travels ...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/machka-...7623280801300/


On some of my other tours and rides I've seen ...

-- bears (black, brown, and grizzly)
-- a cougar (mountain lion)
-- foxes
-- coyotes
-- deer
-- elk
-- mountain sheep
-- rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, muskrats, rats, gophers, porcupines
-- all sorts of domestic creatures including cows, pigs, sheep, goats, llamas, and buffalo
-- swooping owls
-- a great blue herron that rose up out of the ditch and scared me half to death
-- wild turkeys
-- turtles

Some mountain sheep watching my father cycle past:




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Cougar Story - I was cycling along just out of Canmore on a 400K. The sun was almost down when something ran across the road in front of me. I didn't know what it was, but ran through all the possibilities in my mind ... deer, elk, bear, dog, horse ... but nothing fit. Then it ran up on the embankment on the other side of the road, and crouched ... and looked at me. As soon as it crouched, I knew what it was. A very, very large cat.

I had a helmet light on my helmet, and it was on. So I rode past slowly, turning my head to shine my light at it. I was hoping I would appear big. A little ways past it, I had a sudden burst of energy, and rode like I've rarely ridden before.


Mice - And on one 400K I did there were mice running everywhere. What does it mean when the mice are on the move??


Bats - I've been hit in the helmet and head by bats while cycling after dark in Queensland, Australia. I got caught in a swarm of them and they were bouncing off me. Fortunately they were just the small ones, and not the really large fruit bats.


Birds & Beetles - I've also been hit in the head by several birds (especially including magpies here in Australia), and one of those very large june beetles (the ones that are about 4" long). I've had a bee go down my jersey. And I've been pursued by a swarm of horseflies. And that doesn't include the bazillion insects I've had fly into my helmet, eyes, nose, and mouth.


And dragonflies... I had quite an encounter with one on a race .......

The route descended into a ravine, climbed out of the ravine, turned left ... and then the cyclists pulled a U-turn and descended back into the ravine, climbed out of the ravine, pulled a U-turn ... etc. etc. for several loops.

I descended into the ravine and when I was climbing out, I noticed that there was a camera crew set up near the top of the hill filming the Cat 2 cyclists who were now about to descend the hill. I was laughing because they were all zipping up and trying to look all cool.

I got to the top of the hill, turned left, rode along a ways, then pulled the U-turn and started back toward the ravine.

All of a sudden a MASSIVE dragonfly flew into my mouth!!!!

I could feel it buzzing its wings, and I desperately tried to spit or gag it out .... but it was lodged in there!!

Just then I noticed that I was getting closer and closer to the camera crew. I didn't want the image of me gagging and spitting a dragonfly out of my mouth to be captured, but I didn't know what to do ... this thing would not back out of my mouth!

As I passed the camera crew, I closed my mouth and cycled by looking as calm, cool, and collected as a person can look with a massive dragonfly buzzing in her mouth.

As soon as I was by the camera, I reached into my mouth, and dragged this thing out ........ and then went through almost convulsive shudders at the thought of what had just happened!!

I DNF'd that race.

I also have this fear of dragonflies.
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On a little cycling tour of a local island ... Maria Island ....

Wombat and geese


Wallaby



In Victoria ...

Echidna by the side of the road
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To add to the international flavor, in the past year or two I've seen coatimundi, margay, a three toed sloth, a two meter long boa, flamingoes, and wood storks, plus many, many other birds. And many snakes I can't identify.
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Yeah, even in the countryside, it seems there is not much wildlife in Japan. I'd guess The craziest animals I've seen are insects.
Yeah, what are all the DANGER! BEARS! signs all over the bike paths we rode in Hokkaido?

Each rustle I heard through the birch trees and brambles had me looking around anxiously as we rode along the paths (which, IIRC, are regarded as bicycle highways being sealed, wide and enable cyclists to ride quickly in either direction).

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Originally Posted by smarkinson View Post
2 metre long carpet snake. It's autumn here so snakes shouldn't be out but this one was warming itself on the road but in the shade of the trees (snakes are so stupid) so I didn't see it until too late. Managed to bunny hop it though.
You ain't lived until you've had a black snake (one of the most venemous in the world) rear up at you at the side of the road. It's happened to both me and Machka, on separate occasions.
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