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To: WayneS

Cardinal-7 states
Western Meadowlark-6 states
Cardinal most popular. But here in Ohio, we really should change our state bird to the lovely Turkey Buzzard! Google a pic, but not after eating!


13 posted on 01/12/2012 7:53:22 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
Ah, yes, the turkey buzzard. I am quite familiar with these vile and rancid beasts. We have more than enough of them here in Virginia, and I sincerely wish there was a hunting season on them.

As it happens, I have a (possibly) interesting, but definitely disgusting, first-hand account of a close encounter with one of the creatures, which I am willing to share with you (whether you want me to or not):

About five years ago while I was riding a dual-sport motorcycle on one of my favorite dirt County roads, one member of a group of turkey buzzards which were perched on an overhanging tree branch dropped towards the ground to feed on a road-kill possum. As luck would have it, he did this just as I was drawing near the deceased animal at a speed of approximately 60 mph.

I pretty much 'center-punched' the buzzard with the headlight assembly on my DR650. It slid over the top of the headlight assembly and came over the handlebars, simultaneously breaking off the right-side mirror and splitting open the bird. It then hit me in the upper body hard enough that it dislocated my right shoulder. I came VERY close to crashing the bike, but was able to bring it to a safe stop.

Fortunately, the buzzard was killed - but it made an awful mess all over my bike, my helmet, my gloves and my riding jacket. After spending a few minutes jumping around beside the road yelling ow, ow, ow, ow, ow, I managed to 'reassemble' my shoulder, and was even able to clean things up a bit using some dried leaves retrieved from the roadside ditch.

As I pulled away from the scene to begin my slow(er) and painful ride towards home, I could not help noticing, in my one remaining mirror, that the buzzard's former compatriots were already eying his carcass with a certain eagerness of purpose.

14 posted on 01/12/2012 8:44:34 AM PST by WayneS (Comments now include 25% MORE sarcasm for no additional charge...)
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