are birds getting stupider ?


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are birds getting stupider ?

Postby squirrel » Sun Jul 21, 2013 9:43 am



just returned from a 3 day 790 mile bimble around uk using mainly A roads where possible during which l've had 5 close calls with pidgeons flying out of nowhere plus 1 direct hit on visor (no idea which type of bird) also friend on a spyder took out a pheasant with his rear wheel. Added to that lots of smaller birds just strolling across the road as if they owned it . over 30 years riding im sure birds were never this suicidel (maybe next time i'll take along an eagle)



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Re: are birds getting stupider ?

Postby WA9FWT » Sun Jul 21, 2013 11:02 am

squirrel wrote:just returned from a 3 day 790 mile bimble around uk using mainly A roads where possible during which l've had 5 close calls with pidgeons flying out of nowhere plus 1 direct hit on visor (no idea which type of bird) also friend on a spyder took out a pheasant with his rear wheel. Added to that lots of smaller birds just strolling across the road as if they owned it . over 30 years riding im sure birds were never this suicidel (maybe next time i'll take along an eagle)


Maybe some one should invent a "Bird " devise to keep the birds away, like the Deer deterrents things ? :lol:

Sounds like you had fun with friends, and nothing better then that. Our weather finely changed for the better. Now we can ride with out melting. :)

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Re: are birds getting stupider ?

Postby dingdong » Sun Jul 21, 2013 11:55 am

I hit a pheasant recently. She flew into the front wheel spokes. Man what an explosion! Feathers flying everywhere.
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Re: are birds getting stupider ?

Postby WA9FWT » Sun Jul 21, 2013 2:06 pm

dingdong wrote:I hit a pheasant recently. She flew into the front wheel spokes. Man what an explosion! Feathers flying everywhere.

My friend which was ahead of me hit a flock of chickens, and I came next !! I thought I was going through a SNOW storm !! :lol: :lol: Like you say, feathers every where !!! :roll:

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Re: are birds getting stupider ?

Postby Fiberthree » Sun Jul 21, 2013 7:03 pm

squirrel wrote:... l've had 5 close calls with pidgeons flying out of nowhere plus 1 direct hit on visor (no idea which type of bird) also friend on a spyder took out a pheasant with his rear wheel. Added to that lots of smaller birds just strolling across the road as if they owned it . over 30 years riding im sure birds were never this suicidel (maybe next time i'll take along an eagle)


I've seen the pidgeons in England. They're about the size of a small chicken in the U.S. Must have been a minor heart attack on the direct hit. The worst I've had was bouncing a sea gull off the windshield of my 1100. He left a great big dusty bird image. That didn't kill it but just stunned him enough so that the car in the next lane finished the job. EEWWW!
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Re: are birds getting stupider ?

Postby golden highway » Sun Jul 21, 2013 7:11 pm

You bring up a good point. I have had several close calls this year with birds on my bike and I have hit more than I can count with my car. I think it's a game they are playing. Kind of like kids trying to jump over moving cars. Kids today

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Re: are birds getting stupider ?

Postby themainviking » Sun Jul 21, 2013 8:06 pm

I used to regularly get birds while driving my 1971 Thunderbird at night. I don't know why, but quail, pidgeons, seagulls, partridge (all the real dumb ones) used to commit suicide on the front of that car. As to on motorcycles, I have only once hit a bird, and it was a hawk. It was chasing a rabbit, and obviously did not take me into account. It hit my headlight and died. I named that bike Hawk Slayer, and I still have it. This happened 26 years ago in New Mexico. I had a friend who killed a partridge with his face. Knocked him right off the bike, but he was wearing full leather, so he did not get hurt bad - just roughed up a bit. Some damage to the motorcycle though. He kept the partridge for dinner.
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Re: are birds getting stupider ?

Postby redial » Tue Jul 23, 2013 9:47 am

Are these birds playing chicken by flying at you, or are they busy feeding on the ground? I am willing to use the horn to let them know that a monster is coming after them. I rarely hit a bird in the car, and never on the bike - but I have accounted for quite a few grasshoppers.

Did you know the bees always fly backwards, and always aim for the only piece of skin that is remotely uncovered? I have been stung twice in the throat by one of these critters. :cry:


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