So, last night as I was pedaling around my usual 10-12 mile loop, I scared up a vulture from his “snack, which was located alongside the road in a black plastic bag. The meal the vulture was consuming was an old, nasty deer carcass in a bag that someone had thrown over the side back in the winter. The vulture wasn’t the first to gorge from that carcass – I had startled a hawk away from that bag several weeks ago. By now, however, with the warmer weather, the carcass had really begun to smell disgusting.
As I road past it, the bird flew up with a great whoosh of wing feathers, coming to roost in a nearby tree, eyeing me with irritation as I pedaled by the site. I didn’t bother to look back to see if he came back to eat some more.
I also saw a pheasant last night while out riding. It was the first one I had seen in several years, since they have become pretty scarce in my area. It appeared to be a young bird, as the coloring was a bit diluted looking and pale. No, it was not a hen, since hen pheasants have almost no color to them. I was glad to see him as he strutted across the road.
The bird life in the area is nice to see, especially after a long and cold winter.
Now go ride your bike!!!