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  1. #481
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    Nice reference on the herons....

    Wednesday, I saw a Gila Monster pointed out by the park ranger at Saguaro NP.

    Today a Cooper's Hawk was keeping pace with me for a while. Saw an American Kestrel, too. Last weekend I noted over 30 species of birds along my 49 mile route, which was mostly urban and desert but also included a brief stop at a pond.
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  2. #482
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    Reindeer, Llamas, and goats oh my!

    While not wild, today I saw 5 male reindeer and 3 females while on my ride. Also saw a few Llamas and some goats along with other interesting and exotic creatures not usually found in central Indiana

    Last year they only had two males, the "baby" boys are getting pretty darn large - their antlers are quite impressive already! My assumption is they were born last year and not brought in. Hoping to get pics next time, this time I was fighting such a strong headwind that I did not want to stop...and a hill was coming.

  3. #483
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    The chipmunks are so crazy these days! They keep running in front of me. They're so cute; I'd hate it if I ever hit one.
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  4. #484
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    Yesterday's count:

    1 otter. (and this in the city)

    1 brood of fluffy goslings, with parents - grazing

    1 goldfinch.

    The usual quotient of squirrels, both black and grey.
    Give big space to the festive dog that make sport in the roadway. Avoid entanglement with your wheel spoke.
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  5. #485
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    Wow, an otter!

    Catrin, you make central Indiana sound sound like animal paradise!

    I searched earnestly for chipmunks in Brooklyn, but didn't find them yet. No chipmunks at all in Manhattan, which I find strange.

    Our fatherless hawk family in Riverside Park is doing well. Mom hawk is getting supplemental food provided by a wildlife rehabber, and the babies are about to fledge.

  6. #486
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    Yesterday I got to see a wild turkey at close range as I rode along a rural road next to woods. He flew up to a nearby tree, but not before I'd gotten a great look at him. Sure wish I'd had a camera at the ready! Also a great blue heron, many squirrels, and smaller songbirds.
    Emily

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  7. #487
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    Bird stop!!

    From yesterday's 35-miler, which was also an experiment in bike-n-birding. I rode with my SLR in a frontpack, small hydration pack on my back (was recovering from one of my Crohn's cramp days, so needed plenty of water). The packs and the heaps of hydration both worked. The ride passed lots of wetlands. Mostly we saw Canada Geese, Mallards and Song Sparrows ... and then I saw this guy and hollered "Bird Stop!" to Trek who was out in the lead. The heron was on the far side of a black-painted chain-link fence, which you can kind of see blurred out in the forefront.
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    Half-marathon over. Sabbatical year over. It's back to "sacking shirt and oat cakes" as they say here.

  8. #488
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duck on Wheels View Post
    From yesterday's 35-miler, which was also an experiment in bike-n-birding. I rode with my SLR in a frontpack, small hydration pack on my back (was recovering from one of my Crohn's cramp days, so needed plenty of water). The packs and the heaps of hydration both worked. The ride passed lots of wetlands. Mostly we saw Canada Geese, Mallards and Song Sparrows ... and then I saw this guy and hollered "Bird Stop!" to Trek who was out in the lead. The heron was on the far side of a black-painted chain-link fence, which you can kind of see blurred out in the forefront.
    NICE shot!
    Emily

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  9. #489
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    Duck that is fabulous!

  10. #490
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    Saw a gigantic mama snapping turtle crossing the road on Saturday. Then another one yesterday!
    "By perseverance the snail reached the ark."

  11. #491
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    Last couple rides:
    2 goldfinches
    either an Eastern Bluebird or an Indigo Bunting. I only saw its back. I've seen bluebirds on the trail, but size- and color-wise I think it's more likely to be an indigo bunting
    A first on the trail today--rabbits. I usually see squirrels and chipmunks, but not rabbits.

    Nice picture, Duck!
    At least I don't leave slime trails.
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  12. #492
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    Dead skunk
    Dead racoon
    Dead opossum
    Dead groundhog
    Dead frog
    Dead snake

    all equal BAD SMELLS

    need I go on??

  13. #493
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    Quote Originally Posted by lawnchick22 View Post
    need I go on??
    Nah, maybe a different road to ride on?
    Beth

  14. #494
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    Yesterday while out exploring a new route and new adventure I found myself riding along a creek. The sun was out, skies were clear and a beautiful white tail doe was startled by my presence. She bolted and launched herself across the field she where she had been grazing. She ran diagonal to my path and the road quickly launching herself across the road and into the trees on the opposite side. She was so graceful - I felt bad about disturbing her breakfast. As I continued down this new road I was then greeted by a wild turkey hen and her clutch out for their morning walk. Momma hen took off with most of her babies quickly following except for one who decided to lay very still on the road. Momma hen was frantically calling to her babies and the last little one remained frozen on the road. I softly encouraged it to follow and within a few seconds it too high tailed it into the brush hopefully following momma hen's calls as she attempted to round up to clutch. As the trip continued I was treated to a couple of indigo buntings and numerous golden finches all decked out in their breeding plumage. I absolutely love riding in the country as there is so much to see and enjoy as one makes their way from point A to point B.
    Marcie

  15. #495
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    Oh, wild turkey and babies sounds wonderful. I would love to see the babies. How many were there, could you tell?

 

 

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