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Animals spotted on your ride
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I know that this thread may be a duplicate to some in the past, but I thought it would be fun to hear what wildlife others might see while riding.

I normally see a number of pronghorn antelope and have twice seen badgers up close and almost personal. My 15 year old son saw a badger yesterday as well.

This morning, the neatest thing happened to me. It is a cool and almost foggy morning with a light mist falling. I decided to get in a short ride. I am about a mile from my home when I sense something in the air to my right and fairly close above me. I glance over and about 15 to 20 feet away is a golden eagle! He is studying me very closely. Just as we make eye contact, he screams and wheels away and up and over my head. He flies away about 40 feet and then tracks me for about 20 seconds, all the while watching me. He then accelerates - drops me like a rock and flies up into a radio tower about a 1/4 mile away and watches me with interest until I ride past and around a corner.

It was one of my finest moments on the bike!

Troy

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posted 9/6/2018
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Don't know vkan. We had an Eastern box turtle lay eggs in our front flower bed. We put mesh fencing around the "nest" so other animals won't dig it up and have a feast on the eggs. The gestation period is about 3 months so they may hatch within the next few weeks.

"I Brake for Turtles" at least on the side roads around here. I pick them up and carry then to the side that they are apparently trying to reach and either put them on the grass well off of the road or into the woods if that's what's there. I noticed many of my neighbors who I inconvenienced by blocking the road to rescue the turtles doing the same.

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I just realized today that this year, I've seen far more turtles/tortoises out on the road, dead or alive, than I have seen opossum, raccoons, perhaps on par with the number of dead squirrels (live squirrels are just too commonly seen to notice/count).

Does that mean anything?

Are there more turtles due to favorable conditions? Or are they on the move more due to unfavorable conditions or habitat loss?

Or have the opossum and raccoons finally learned to look both ways before crossing roads?




-- posted by vkan
All good questions and hypotheses worthy of a scientific study. For what it is worth, I usually only see turtles / tortoises in the spring when the females are in search of a sunny spot to dig their holes and lay their eggs. This year is no exception, up here in Michigan anyway.

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posted 9/7/2018
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I just realized today that this year, I've seen far more turtles/tortoises out on the road, dead or alive, than I have seen opossum, raccoons, perhaps on par with the number of dead squirrels (live squirrels are just too commonly seen to notice/count).

Does that mean anything?

Are there more turtles due to favorable conditions? Or are they on the move more due to unfavorable conditions or habitat loss?

Or have the opossum and raccoons finally learned to look both ways before crossing roads?




-- posted by vkan
All good questions and hypotheses worthy of a scientific study. For what it is worth, I usually only see turtles / tortoises in the spring when the females are in search of a sunny spot to dig their holes and lay their eggs. This year is no exception, up here in Michigan anyway.
-- posted by GeeWizMan


I have seen more snapping turtles this year than ever before. I think it is because of all the rain we have had. Some of the storms have been very strong and dumped lots of rain in a very short time, washing them out.

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posted 9/7/2018
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Darn squirrel. I like seeing bald eagles but squirrels are very dangerous when crossing your path.

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posted 9/21/2018
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Almost got taken out by an 8-point buck this morning. It ran straight out of the woods, across the road and into the trees on the other side about 20-30 feet in front of me.

I heard it before I saw it. We were both lucky there wasn't much motor traffic around, I think. Lots of scary scenarios crossed my mind in the minutes that followed as I continued my ride.



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Darn squirrel. I like seeing bald eagles but squirrels are very dangerous when crossing your path.
-- posted by podkey


I ran over one Tuesday when I was riding the trail. I slowed down, but it was doing it's crazy thing and ran right under my wheel. It seemed to be ok though.

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posted 9/22/2018
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Darn squirrel. I like seeing bald eagles but squirrels are very dangerous when crossing your path.
-- posted by podkey


I ran over one Tuesday when I was riding the trail. I slowed down, but it was doing it's crazy thing and ran right under my wheel. It seemed to be ok though.
-- posted by ptsbike


Maybe I should set up a table, my count is 6 I think.

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