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    OK you night riders know what I am talking about.... Those little birds on the trail.

    What the heck are those birds ? they look like minature hawks, I swear I almost hit about 10 of them riding the CC race loop last night... and its so annoying when they fly up into your grill..
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    Quote Originally Posted by MtbAZ44 View Post
    What the heck are those birds ? they look like minature hawks, I swear I almost hit about 10 of them riding the CC race loop last night... and its so annoying when they fly up into your grill..
    I think they are burrowing owls.....I think.
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    At first I thought they were burrow owls (insert Dead Milkmen reference), but after doing a little looking around, I think they are simply known as lesser night hawks. They don't have the stubby little owl face as far as I can tell.

    I even hit one with my shoulder once. Scared the heck outta me.

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    Yep, Night Hawks! They like to sit right in the middle of the trail. When you ride up on one, they wait til the last minute to fly away and I have had a few hit me in the face and helmet before.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcoplea View Post
    Yep, Night Hawks! They like to sit right in the middle of the trail. When you ride up on one, they wait til the last minute to fly away and I have had a few hit me in the face and helmet before.
    These guys always freak me out. I have almost almost ran them over multiple times and about jumped out of my skin.

    The same goes for full size Owls as well, I have had them fly over at full wingspan and the swooping is almost like a helicopter above you.

    The scorpions have also been pretty active the last few weeks now that is a bit cooler, I have seen at least one every night I have been out. Some of them looking like they have been eating real well this summer...

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    Seen plenty of those. They always wait until the last minute to take off. Where's the trail etiquette?
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    Toss an elbow.

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    They are good sign, if they are there, there are no rattlers around.

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    I see lots of them on my BCT night rides. It always spooks me to see their little eyes glowing in the middle of the trail.

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    Funny we have a very closely related species, the Poorwill, that does the same thing in California. They just refuse to move and I don't want to run over them.

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    There are several kinds of birds when I do my night rides. most of the ones I see are doves, they didn't get back to their roosting place on time before night fall so they hunker down waiting till morning. A few have flew into my wheel before and it makes a mess, they don't go to waist, after a few yards away I hear coyotes going for dinner. Sounds like they were right on my wheel waiting.
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    I am thinking there is a strong positive correlation between the number of mice and the number of nighthawks prowling
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