Close Encounters of the Bird Kind. Strange!
Out for a ride the other day and I heard a little ‘thunk’, then a few seconds later, out of the corner of my eye I saw a couple of small ‘fluffy-looking’ things fly off from the front fairing area and disappear behind me.
“A big insect,” I thought, “maybe a moth.”
I thought nothing more about it until the next morning when I went to the garage and happened to see some white stuff sticking out from the bottom of the fairing at the side of the gas tank. I got a flashlight and looked up under the front cowling and discovered a goldfinch (dead, of course), wedged inside between the gas tank and the black plastic fairing. I had to remove the fairing to get it out.
All I can figure is the bird must have hit somewhere near the front forks then flew up and over the radiator into the cowling area. The ‘fluffy stuff’ I had seen fly by must have been a few of its feathers that came off when it hit.
This ever happen to anyone else?
Now, the thought keeps going through my mind… What if that goldfinch had struck me in the face or helmet? If we can be hit in the face by an insect, why not a bird? Could it happen?