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  1. #616
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    Last Thursday on my ride I came upon a group (about 5-6) of black birds tearing a a road-kill, when I got about 15 feet from them, all of a sudden a hawk comes out of nowhere and grabbed one of the blackbirds. All the paniced wing-flapping and "cawing" scared the beejeezus out of me!!!
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    I've seen quite a lot of wildlife as I live in a largely underdeveloped rural village... but today was certainly the strangest! I went biking today with two people from the neighbourhood (a cute story in itself) when a dog, followed by three deer, followed by a duck crossed the road. It was the oddest and most amusing thing I'd ever seen, and it had all three of us in stitches.
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  3. #618
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swan View Post
    I've seen quite a lot of wildlife as I live in a largely underdeveloped rural village... but today was certainly the strangest! I went biking today with two people from the neighbourhood (a cute story in itself) when a dog, followed by three deer, followed by a duck crossed the road. It was the oddest and most amusing thing I'd ever seen, and it had all three of us in stitches.
    Sounds like the beginning of a joke!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Owlie View Post
    Sounds like the beginning of a joke!
    It really does! That was my first thought, but it's absolutely true. It was certainly strange and interesting... Usually we just get escaped cattle or horses and regular deer blocking the roads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swan View Post
    It really does! That was my first thought, but it's absolutely true. It was certainly strange and interesting... Usually we just get escaped cattle or horses and regular deer blocking the roads.
    It does sound interesting (and it does sound like a good start to a joke).

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    Had a great look at a bobcat on my ride Saturday morning, running across the road and disappearing into the brush immediately.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swan View Post
    I've seen quite a lot of wildlife as I live in a largely underdeveloped rural village... but today was certainly the strangest! I went biking today with two people from the neighbourhood (a cute story in itself) when a dog, followed by three deer, followed by a duck crossed the road. It was the oddest and most amusing thing I'd ever seen, and it had all three of us in stitches.
    Love this!
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    there was a duck that went into a bar....
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  9. #624
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swan View Post
    I've seen quite a lot of wildlife as I live in a largely underdeveloped rural village... but today was certainly the strangest! I went biking today with two people from the neighbourhood (a cute story in itself) when a dog, followed by three deer, followed by a duck crossed the road. It was the oddest and most amusing thing I'd ever seen, and it had all three of us in stitches.
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  10. #625
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    Did a long ride (83 miles) but wildlife sightings were few and far between. I saw about half a dozen Red-tailed Hawks, a lot of Common Ravens (near the dump!), Phainopepla, Mockingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Verdin, White-crowned Sparrows, Curve-billed Thrashers, Rock Doves, American Kestrel, Mourning Doves. No mammals or herps today.
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    The male American Kestrel I've been watching for a while appears to have a lady friend. They were interacting and sitting close together for quite a while -- I was thrilled to get such a close view of these beautiful birds.

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    Beautiful, Pam! What wonderful luck.
    "My predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved;I have been given much and I have given something in return...Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and an adventure." O. Sacks

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    Re: What wildlife do you see on your rides?

    Quote Originally Posted by PamNY View Post
    The male American Kestrel I've been watching for a while appears to have a lady friend. They were interacting and sitting close together for quite a while -- I was thrilled to get such a close view of these beautiful birds.
    Fantastic shot!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PamNY View Post
    The male American Kestrel I've been watching for a while appears to have a lady friend. They were interacting and sitting close together for quite a while -- I was thrilled to get such a close view of these beautiful birds.
    Nice pictures of the Kestrels!
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    Good biking morning at Fort deSoto County park in Florida. A wood stork flew overhead. This is my first wood stork so I am thrilled.
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