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we live in farm country and I was out for a ride today. I was going down a straight piece of road with a field on the left side and the farm house on the right. I had been past this place 100 times before, in fact this farm was our family homestead from the late 1800s. there was a flock of peacocks down in the field next to the road and when I was close to them, one of them decided it was a good time to head home, so up onto the road he came running. I started to slow down, not because I was close, but because all farm animals are dumb. he got to the center line and thought it would be a good idea to take flight, which was a pretty good idea if he knew how to fly in a straight line, but no, not this guy. once he was air born, for some reason he did a 3/4 turn and ended up coming right at me. being on a new bike I hadn't practiced any panic stops yet, wish I had, then I would have know that rear brakes are all most useless. also I didn't realize how long a peacocks tail was, but I do now. I managed to veer to the left and we avoided a head on. that was a interesting start to my afternoon ride. in this area there a lot of peacocks wondering around on the roads being a pain in the butt
 

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I had a friend who laid down a bike when a seagull flew into her wheels. Anything bigger than a rat is a risk if it gets into the wheels path, the spokes, or the chain. Or need I mention veering into traffic to avoid an animal is dangerous beyond measure. Glad you fared weel.
BTW people keep them because they are too dumb to wander and squawk like hell when visitors come (aka watch dogs that don't bite).
 

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Playing Chicken (whether you wanted to or not) with a Peacock?
You can certainly check that off your BTDT list.
 

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I was the passenger in a van in the early hours, when a seagull ended up sprawled across the wind screen at 30mph – the driver casually switched the windscreen wipers on for a second, and it was gone (presumably dazed and confused)

As for peacocks – not so much around these parts – we do get pheasants all over the road, crazy birds. Had a “head to arse” encounter once (thankfully I had my visor down at the time) – I’ll spare you the details – I don’t know who was more embarrassed, me or the bird …….
 

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Some might think having a passenger to swat them birds out of the way is a good idea.

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Glad you are OK without any tail feathers in your teeth.
 

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We have turkeys and pheasants here some in the city, but mostly just outside of the city. Some have bodies bigger than basketballs. I’ve made contact with them in my car. Would not want to do it on a bike.
 

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the peacock sure is a big bird when he is in your face! we have all the above birds around here, plus an unusual amount of smaller birds. a ton of robins, who i alwas thought were ok, but they are a pain in the butt. i think all the forest fires here have changed were the birds hang out right now.
 

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I am glad you are ok. I had a friend who told me he had an open face helmet on and hit a bird. The bird scratched him all up and he said he had feathers on him when the bird took off.
 

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Grewen, you write well!

Be glad it was not a deer...only had one close call and that was maybe 40 years ago.

A coyote actually ran into the front bumper of my 2003 Miata
 

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Canada Geese are the worst because they're aggressive silly buggers. Spring and Fall our back roads are lousy with them as they migrate north or south. Had a few suddenly fly up into the road during a rally one year. Knocked the guy several bikes ahead of me right off his bike and into the woods. Damn thing kept flying, but he was hurt pretty bad. Geese are crazy birds.
 

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Canada Geese are the worst because they're aggressive silly buggers. Spring and Fall our back roads are lousy with them as they migrate north or south. Had a few suddenly fly up into the road during a rally one year. Knocked the guy several bikes ahead of me right off his bike and into the woods. Damn thing kept flying, but he was hurt pretty bad. Geese are crazy birds.
they're all crazy!! and those dam Canadian geese leave a mess where ever they go
 
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