I was surprised yesterday on the way to town. I came around a curve
going up the hill and something brownish launched from the far side of
the road and brushed the cab just over my head. I think it was a
Canadian Goose, but all I saw was a tan blob go from the dirt to just
over my head in 1 second flat as I passed it at 55mph. Nothing was in
my mirrors after I passed it, and nothing was on the vehicle when I
stopped in town, so the only possibility I can come up with was a
goose. Very weird, as I didn't see a wing during that entire 1-second
Mebbeso, boss. But, if so, why didn't I see a wing and a prayer?
I'm still trying to figure out why a goose landed at the side of a
blacktopped highway when about 8 acres of grass were only a block
away, and that's where they usually land, whether it's fall or spring.
It was an iffy morning, either way. I got to town at 11am and the
irrigation store was closed (despite their website saying they were
open at 8 on Saturdays, the library wasn't open yet (noon) , and my
favorite Thai restaurant wasn't open yet (M-F 11am, Sat 11:30am).
I did dump my recyclables, though. 1 out of 4's a bad average, tho.
I think it was a
Most birds will instinctively fold their wings just before a possible crash
to prevent a broken wing bone. They drop like a stone in that condition, of
course, but then can open their wings and fly away if the impact wasn't too
bad. You'll see them do this when zipping in and out of trees, for
Yabbut, he had just taken off, and was then trying to evade the
speeding gold monster coming at him. You might be right, though.
And your eyes are better than mine if you can see a bird fold its
wings for 1/120th of a second while going between branches.