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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 11/8/2018
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I saw three types of interesting animals the other day.

First, I thought it was some common road debris--old tire tread from some truck's retread blowout, or an old wiper blade insert. Nope, a black snake that set itself perpendicular to the side of the road, sunning itself with its head sticking up in the air.

Second, on a good sized lake, dozens of boaters, jet skiers, etc. clustered together near the roadway where I was riding, They clearly weren't all fishing so I don't think it was because it was a productive fishing spot.

Third, on the same lake, a quarter mile down the road, dozens, maybe even hundreds of ducks clustered together near the roadway where I was riding. I didn't see any of them diving down to feed so I don't think it was because it was a productive fishing spot. Or maybe it was, but they'd all had their fill.

I wonder if the boaters noticed the ducks nearby and assumed the fishing was good, then clustered there looking for some good bites. But what explains the jet skiers?

I rode by plenty of other sections of the lake and saw no people on the water.

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posted 11/9/2018
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Perhaps the boaters, jet skiers, etc. were clustered together to protect themselves from the ducks, which have obviously devoured the people on the other sections of the lake whose absence you noted.

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posted 11/12/2018
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Perhaps the boaters, jet skiers, etc. were clustered together to protect themselves from the ducks, which have obviously devoured the people on the other sections of the lake whose absence you noted.
-- posted by Gnu


I treasure your sense of humor!!

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posted 12/1/2018
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While Fat-Biking the snowy trails in northern Illinois last night I saw a Southern Flying Squirrel. (Grey)
Very cool to see since I didn't know we had flying squirrels around here.
Freaked me out when I saw something glide from my right and land on a tree in front of me, at first I thought it was a bat or a small owl until I got a good look of its head as it climbed the tree.


A friend got some video from his helmet cam. (Not great video, but video none the less. And only sightly better than any bigfoot video)
I'll try to post a link here from facebook, but I'm not sure if it will work.


www.facebook.com/rico.sumner/videos/10157926036292738/
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posted 12/4/2018
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While Fat-Biking the snowy trails in northern Illinois last night I saw a Southern Flying Squirrel. (Grey)
Very cool to see since I didn't know we had flying squirrels around here.
Freaked me out when I saw something glide from from right and land on a tree in front of me, at first I thought it was a bat or a small owl until I got a good look of its head as it climbed the tree.

-- posted by KrateKraig


They are very cool. One of my cousins had a pet one.

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posted 12/7/2018
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Was heading into work this morning and noticed what looked like a very nice reindeer display on one corner. Then I head rustling. I looked toward the rustle and the rustle looked backed. Four deer with eyes lit up by my "see-me" helmet light.
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