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    Passion for a quickie...

    ....ride. About 7:10pm, decided there was still enough time to suit up, air up the tires, ride the 5 blocks or so to the trail head and zip around the neighborhood trails for a quick ride before it got dark. Very peaceful; the park is almost deserted on a Saturday evening and I saw only three other riders. The only wildlife was a deer that blasted across the trail in front of me, but as I was almost back to the trailhead (which is in a regular urban neighborhood) a guy was walking up the trail and not too far behind him was a woman nicely dressed in a skirt and wearing sparkly flats. We chatted for a moment and she told me they had just heard a screech owl from their backyard and were walking a few feet into the park in the direction of the owl sounds. As we chatted, she told me that they had recently seen a fox and a friend who rides in the park at 6 am before work has seen a bobcat a few days back. I know there are also coyotes about. Also, somewhat more startling, was that a neighbor across the street from the trail head had seen a baby rattlesnake in their driveway.
    The park is 200 acres in an area of intense urban development (and part of that 200 acres is developed into 3 or 4 softball fields with parking), but the creek that runs through it creates an amazing wildlife corridor all the way to the (Texas) Colorado River. It is not an unbroken corridor, but enough for a variety of critters to manage and even thrive at the urban/wildland interface.

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    So what happened to the woman in the sparky flats?.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by stnewt View Post
    So what happened to the woman in the sparky flats?.....
    That's what he is talking about with the "quickie" I'm guessing...


    But in all honestly, yea a lap or two around the local trail can really do wonders. Sometimes that lap makes me feel better than a 25 mile ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stnewt View Post
    So what happened to the woman in the sparky flats?.....
    Ahh, I should have clarified: she was following her husband, the birder, in hopes of seeing this little guy:



    "A common denizen of open woodlands and clearings, the eastern screech-owl
    can often be found in parks and suburban yards."

    J. Crew has sparkly flats like hers if you absolutely must have some:


    Size wise, a screech owl is not much longer than a pair of sparkly flats.

    Apparently, screech owls make a variety of calls and noises and none of them are the classic "Whoo?" -- the Cornell Lab of Ornithology has recorded a variety of them, just click on the sound tab. Screech owls are nocturnal predators, but I'm sure they are starting to stir and are calling at dusk.

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    For me a quickie has nothing to do with riding a bike.

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    Keep riding, you'll get faster! ;')

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    Looks a LOT like a Qvikkie Owl to me "Owlus Qvikkensi". Those screeches are often misconstrued...
    It's all Here. Now.

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    And.........Junebug you left us hanging with an assortment of questions.
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