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Old 06-28-2018, 07:27 AM   #1
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Bird Strikes

In all my life driving cars I don't think I've ever had a bird strike. In ONE year of my Class A MH, I've had 3 bird strikes. 2 above the glass and 1 about 2 feet above road height. The lower one has a minor ding, thankfully the other 2 none that I've been able to see.

What is with MH's and birds??? Even in my time flying jets I very luckily never had a bird strike, other than one stupid bird falling off the edge of the A-10 cowl and going into the engine waiting for departure clearance in Panama! Stupid hurts! Dumb bird!
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I've hit more birds on a motorcycle than I have a car. You'd think, with the smaller frontal area, it'd be the reverse. I think it's got to do with aerodynamics. I do see a bird occasionally come up over the hood of our car then over the windshield. It makes me flinch, but somehow I miss it. It's like it follows the airflow over the car. Our RVs, on the other hand, have the aerodynamics of a loaf of bread, or a toaster, or ... well, you know what I mean

I think the big, flat front just doesn't flow air like our cars, or your planes, do. Combined with a much larger frontal area, the poor birds just don't stand a chance.
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Holy smoke, you been lucky. I killed 52 starlings with my Suburban, a couple with my MH, sucked a duck down the left J-79 in my Phantom -- it didn't even burp. In my Hercules career I had one swoosh himself down #2's intake on climbout outta K2, one bounce off the center windscreen on takeoff outta Ali Al Salem, and got into an argument with 152 pidgeons at Solerno FOB in Afghanistan.
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Holy smoke, you been lucky. I killed 52 starlings with my Suburban, a couple with my MH, sucked a duck down the left J-79 in my Phantom -- it didn't even burp. In my Hercules career I had one swoosh himself down #2's intake on climbout outta K2, one bounce off the center windscreen on takeoff outta Ali Al Salem, and got into an argument with 152 pidgeons at Solerno FOB in Afghanistan.
Have you tried hunting? You seem to attract them well. I'm really glad I didn't hit any of the Pterodactyl's (had to google that one for spelling) in Panama! Large flocks of the biggest birds I've ever seen! Good thing for highly maneuverable hawg.
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About a month ago I found a starling with a very surprised expression on his face in front grille. I second aerodynamics effect in most class a as the root cause. Wonder if older pace arrows with cow catcher front end have the same problem


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I had an owl hit my windshield in my truck on a country highway. What a mess of glass and bird parts!
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Maybe cover up the painted WORM on the front of your coach ?!?


None here for me thankfully ! but it does recall a story from my 6'5" marine uncle driving a volkswagon beetle at a high rate of speed(for it) at night and a turkey came THROUGH the windshield and was still alive flapping around while he tried to stop !!!
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I think some cars and vehicles and even colors attract birds or are harder for them to see. My family has hit or had their fair share of run ins with animals in the oddest of ways.

My mom hit a Canadian goose that shattered the windshield in her car.
My Grandma hit a horse... yes you read that correctly. A horse.
My dad had a deer hit him... ran right into the side of his truck when he was stopped at a stop sign.
I had a blue sedan that I hit more birds than I can count, several raccoons, a cat, a deer, and a possum. I could have easily hit more deer than the one but got lucky. That car was an animal attractant and killer.
In my motorhome I haven't hit a single bird *knocks on wood*

Now for more strange run ins with animals and my family that kinda didn't involve a vehicle

My uncle caught a seagull while fishing. Cast his pole out from a boat and the hook caught a seagull right in the chest in mid air.

That same uncle is a terrible fisherman because when I was around 11 years old we were fishing from the bank and I walked to get more bait and he pulled back to cast and caught me right in the cheek with the hook.
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Hit a turkey at freeway speed and did $1400 in damage.
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A friend was on his motorcycle and hit a buzzard. It almost killed him. It did kill the buzzard.
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