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post #1 of 12 Old 07-19-2006, 09:11 AM Thread Starter
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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?

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post #2 of 12 Old 07-19-2006, 09:19 AM
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It can happen if a bird is preoccupied or just learning to fly. Two sparrows were once flying in a close combat circle probably fighting over a female in 2002. They both left pieces on my car windshield and antenna. I've also seen pigeons taken out on two separate occasions when they were eating something somebody dropped on the street.

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post #3 of 12 Old 07-19-2006, 10:31 AM
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I've been hit 3 times so far this year. One hit me head on in the shoulder at about 50, felt like getting hit by a tennis ball. The other 2 came in from the side and just slid off. I've yet to see a deer, surprising since I live in PA, but the rest of the small woodland creature population is definitely thriving this year.
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post #4 of 12 Old 07-19-2006, 12:54 PM
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Many years ago I caught a bird in the shoulder. I was not going fast, maybe 30-40 mph, but boy did it hurt! Felt like a line-drive baseball (don't ask how I know what that feels like..!).

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post #5 of 12 Old 07-19-2006, 01:17 PM
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I have hit birds twice with my right shoulder and once with my helmet, didnt really feel the helmet hit just startling, the body hits didnt hurt much either. Even a medium sized bird like a pigeon doesnt really have enough body mass to hurt you, as long as you dont jump and or panic and crash.

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post #6 of 12 Old 07-19-2006, 01:58 PM
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I had a bird hit my mirror then bounce off the front of my helmet. It left a little blood but not much. I have also had a bird crap directly on my face shield once. It scared the daylights out of me. I then pulled over and wiped the crap off in the grass and kept riding.
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post #7 of 12 Old 07-19-2006, 02:57 PM
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I noticed years ago that (out west) when it gets really hot the birds tend to have a density altitude problem and as a result are slow at getting off the ground!

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I once caught up to the back end of a bee with my adams apple, that hurt for a while.

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post #9 of 12 Old 07-19-2006, 10:51 PM
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I have had two bird strikes. Forst one was in the helmet, thought something had fallen out of a tree, noticed blood on teh side of my helmet when I got home. Second one hit the rt side of my chestjust below the padding in my Phoenix jacket. Saw it coming and scared teh crap out of me, but didn't try to swerve or duck. Was running about 65, so it kinda tooke my breath away for a second or two. Of course I had to pull over to get my heart rate back to normal.


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Riding with my jacket slightly open, a Bumble Bee hit me in the chest at about 65mph, It felt like a bullet. Then it deceided to sting at will,I had three striking pains in the upper chest area before I could come to a very quick stop. I opened my jacket to see what was going on and the Bee fell out onto the road. Being a little upset and in pain, I attemped to stomp the object of pain to a quick death, the Bee sensing this, flew away in great hast. needless to say, I was still in pain and very frustrated that I wasn't fast enouh to even the score.[ Bumble Bee 3, motorcycle rider 0]

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