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Was riding up Island to the ferry. Was a few minutes early, and the road was wet, so no hurry.
A couple of miles up, two Canada Goose take off from the ditch in the side of the road. One of them flew about three feet off my right elbow, before peeling off.
Further up the road, an orange shafted flicker, flew out of a field, and then about two feet in front of my windscreen. Did that for a while before flying off.
A more rare flicker is the yellow shafted bird.
Further up the road is a turkey, standing in the middle of my lane. I road up to him for a chat, but he was more interested in showing off for the girls on the side of the road. He did his show off thing, while I told him to get out of the way, which he finally did with me waving the front wheel at him.

Later I picked up some bits for the boat, and picked up my completed tax return. I now identify as broke.
Got a new phone too, as mine was doing silly things. UK
 

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The waving the front wheel at him got me. Had the picture in my head instantly.
I stopped about 12 inches from the turkey. No traffic behind me. Zero traffic on my ten mile ride. Did pass a couple of deer as well.
Wiggled the front wheel at the turkey. Was about to get off Yami and shoe / drop kick the turkey off the road. He had competition from another turkey on the far side of the road, while the girls were keeping score. Anyway he wandered off before getting the boot.

Went to the big mall in the nearby city to get my new phone and visit Wally World. No blue blazers or white pants for the upcoming sail past. Found stuff in a thrift store. Anyway, I was just down the aisle from the watch repair place. When I got home the expanding strap on my new / used watch broke. Probably cost more for a new strap than I paid for the watch. Will ride by the mall again on Sunday if I go to the regular bike gang meeting. Need to place an add for the 1980 XS1100, and ask the mob about 12 inch shocks.
Trying to reduce some inventory, and pay my taxes.

We got two new ferries for our Island, with a more convenient time schedule. I can now get to the bike gang meetings on time by taking the 0810 ferry. Previous was the 0850.
Much earlier ferries during the rest of the week. UK
 

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Do you have moose on the island? Deer are a bad thing but moose are worse.
No moose on my Island, just a bunch of queer birds, plus the birds that fly. The turkeys are wild. Some islands like Quadra to the North, and the big island, have wolves.
The big island has cougars. Princess Royal Island in the Great Bear rain forest, has white bears, which are black bears, only white. UK
 

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There are no wolves south of Houston that I've heard about.. We have some north of Houston in deep east Texas. These days mountain lions range east to the Louisiana border, maybe further by now. I was blessed to see a mountain lion one time about eight years ago in the woods near-ish Houston. Many people are afraid of them. People I told about the cat asked why I didn't shoot it. They looked at me in confusion when I said I don't eat cat so I don't shoot cat. We have bob cats all over but they do not want humans to see them so I've only seen a few. Strange as it may sound people are even afraid of them too.
I had a red bird dive bomb into my left shoulder one time. I had just slowed to about 60 MPH. I was fine. The bird, not so much.

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You forgot the feral pigs Semi
Yes, WE GOT THEM! So many that our Governor made it legal to shoot them from helicopters. I met a guy that's truck was totaled when a hog ran into the side of it as he drove on the highway. They're more dangerous than deer around here. Some land owners pay hunters to kill them because they ruin farm land and cattle pastures.

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Was riding up Island to the ferry. Was a few minutes early, and the road was wet, so no hurry.
A couple of miles up, two Canada Goose take off from the ditch in the side of the road. One of them flew about three feet off my right elbow, before peeling off.
Further up the road, an orange shafted flicker, flew out of a field, and then about two feet in front of my windscreen. Did that for a while before flying off.
A more rare flicker is the yellow shafted bird.
Further up the road is a turkey, standing in the middle of my lane. I road up to him for a chat, but he was more interested in showing off for the girls on the side of the road. He did his show off thing, while I told him to get out of the way, which he finally did with me waving the front wheel at him.

Later I picked up some bits for the boat, and picked up my completed tax return. I now identify as broke.
Got a new phone too, as mine was doing silly things. UK
Once had some kind of sparrow zip right between my front wheel and front downtubes. Bird right-of-passage?
 

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I darn near got nailed by a Turkey Vulture a few days ago. He was slow to lift off. Close enough that I could smell the rotten thing. My wife following thought I must have hit him but all I got of him was his rotten smell. It was way too close.
 
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I saw the Peacock last week, and someone saw a black bear. Did not know we had any black bears on our Island.
Inland the turkey vultures fly quite high. Around here they fly much lower. Was trying to get a pic of the small horse yesterday but he was hiding. UK
 

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I've seen the northeast Texas dense forest wolves, I thought people had made them up. Bigger than German shepherd and black coat going slightly lighter as it goes down, hair long enough to be shaggy looking. Very secretive and hard to see but they are there.

My two younger brothers go wild pig hunting all the time with ARs and have asked me to go several times but heart won't allow a stay out in remote wild like that.
 

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Before she passed on my mother lived in a place that had wild turkeys, unsurprisingly the old ladies there (including mom) fed them constantly, I never saw suck big ones before in my life .

At suset they'd laboriously fly up into the trees ~ I'd never seen a turkey fly and didn't think they could .

Good to hear feral pigs are getting some winnowing out ~ they're a serious nuisance
 
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