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Canal Tow Path Attack

coolboardercoolboarder Posts: 149
edited April 2010 in MTB general
Well its nearly that time of year again to be attacked on the tow paths. They flocked over here in the thousands and taken refuge on our inland water ways. Im talikng of Canada geese of course. These pesky little critters really do frighten me. "A grown bloke frightened of a bird" i hear you cry! They are aready standing their ground but just wait until they have young with them soon. And my reason for being a little on edge is this, last year i got wacked around the head by one with its wing. Nasty buggesr they be....and i have to endure this twice daily. Unless i take the road which i really dont want to do.

Any one else had a run in with these bliters?


Rob

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  • Lol.... I read the topic title without the "C" at the front.... had to do a double take :lol:
  • Ho humHo hum Posts: 236
    Never had a run in with one fortunately, but I do understand where you are coming from.

    Up here they use geese around the front of distilleries to supplement the guards for good reason.
  • phoebianphoebian Posts: 497
    I live next to a lake and often see them coming over to the houses
  • Hercule QHercule Q Posts: 2,781
    phoebian wrote:
    I live next to a lake and often see them coming over the houses

    :shock: thats disgusting!!! :lol:

    kick them

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  • CanalRiderCanalRider Posts: 194
    bigbenj_08 wrote:
    Lol.... I read the topic title without the "C" at the front.... had to do a double take :lol:

    Never forget the 'C'

    To the OP, I am with you on this one, fortunatly not been attacked yet. The current issue is with the Goths and Emos at Snow Hill.
    --
    Saw a sign on a restaurant that said Breakfast, any time -- so I ordered French Toast in the Renaissance.
  • coolboardercoolboarder Posts: 149
    CanalRider wrote:
    The current issue is with the Goths and Emos at Snow Hill.

    Yea, the light nights are bringing the idiots onto the tow paths. Last week i had a group of chavy gets sat on a bridge floor with their legs stretched out across the path. They thought it funny not to move but guess who wasnt going to stop.....needless to say the said legs were withdrawn when they saw my intentions.
  • hoochylalahoochylala Posts: 987
    I thought it was going to be a thread about you being mugged! Glad it wasent, just getting attacked by birds instead :)
  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    Used to get them at York Uni - were very vicious when they were rearing young. And loads of greylags and the occasional swan.
  • supersonic wrote:
    Used to get them at York Uni - were very vicious when they were rearing young. And loads of greylags and the occasional swan.

    Aye there are millions of the pesky things. Thankfully dad has moved offices and i no longer go to schools so don't need to walk through inches of green goose censored . Almost slipped over on that stuff.

    Vile.
    MmmBop

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  • bike-a-swanbike-a-swan Posts: 1,235
    those things used to terrify me as a kid. I've found if you take a swipe at them when they come too close they tend to back off pretty quickly. if you shy away from them they get cockier.

    geese, not emos and goths, by the way...
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  • wesdevwesdev Posts: 104
    grow a pair dude...

    its a bird not a velociraptor..
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  • cougiecougie Posts: 22,512
    Hercule Q wrote:
    phoebian wrote:
    I live next to a lake and often see them coming over the houses

    :shock: thats disgusting!!! :lol:

    kick them

    I go to a lake for Open Water swimming in the summer. We must pee off the swans there cos I've seen them take to the air from the end of the lake they've shifted to, fly down the length of the lake and poo over the swimmers ! Eeeevil.

    AND they can break your arm....
  • UncleMontyUncleMonty Posts: 385
    I thought you going to talk about Midges at first.

    No Canada Geese on the tow paths near me but lots in our local park, my 7 year old son enjoys scattering them on his bike :)
  • Alloy barreled pump + Canada Goose = Goose for tea
  • I had a run in with one last summer - was going by the local canal and I saw it fly off from my right - its still flying I thought and whack! landed right on my bars, knocked me off my bike - the fright of it then going for me made me do a mad dash leaving my bike on the deck :oops: ..when it went off, got bike and gingerly cycled away ..I am ultra wary of them now :D
  • sparrowlegs78sparrowlegs78 Posts: 2,583
    I had a run in with one last summer - was going by the local canal and I saw it fly off from my right - its still flying I thought and whack! landed right on my bars, knocked me off my bike - the fright of it then going for me made me do a mad dash leaving my bike on the deck :oops: ..when it went off, got bike and gingerly cycled away ..I am ultra wary of them now :D


    You got off lightly on that canal lol......try the bit by Mill Hill, vampire geese there :lol:
    Caz xx
  • Thread8Thread8 Posts: 479
    lol, my brother got attacked by geese when he was 5 (he threw an apple at them, I cant blame them :D ), and now he's shotscared of them
    Haro Thread 8
    Please help!

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  • ceecee Posts: 4,553
    Alloy barreled pump + Canada Goose = Goose for tea

    theres a person who has never taken a swing at a goose before....

    word to the wise....don't even try it....the goose will have you.

    I saw a swan bully a man into the canal once...

    I would have offered him some assistance, but I couldn't breathe! :D
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  • tseniortsenior Posts: 664
    shotgun. goose for tea.

    very lean meat on a canada goose, strong taste,i guess they fly quite along way.

    obviously dont carry a shotgun on the towpath.
  • coolboardercoolboarder Posts: 149
    wesdev wrote:
    grow a pair dude...

    its a bird not a velociraptor..

    lol....i had to google velociraptor :oops:

    and, at 45 my testis are fully delveloped :wink:

    @ the guy who does open water swimming amongst these nasty baskets.....are you insane ???
  • cgarossicgarossi Posts: 729
    Since birds are descended from dinosaurs, he's probably not far off.

    Its spring time, I think maybe they are getting a bit defensive in prep for mating season?
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