Mom was highly superstitious about hitting birds with cars. I'm not. I've seen too many mockingbirds chase robins into cars and into traffic.
It's pretty common for larger birds of prey to get hit by cars. They eat the carrion on the side of the road and end up taking off/landing right in the path of oncoming traffic.
We have crows and ravens here, and Damn but they're smart. The crows know which side of the lines to stay on. They walk out of my way in the mornings, they don't hurry and they don't fly. I guess living to be 40 years old they learn something. I wish they'd teach the other birds.
More on owls: I've heard and seen barreds in our back yard, including a mated pair.
I've heard great horneds in the neighborhood.
We've been getting dead squirrel carcasses in the back yard for a while. No noticeable paint, no up-chucked fur balls--so I don't think it's a great horned, since that would be big enough for squirrels. Hawk? We have hawks around--sharpies, red tails, red shoulders. So....?
There's a big nest-looking thing in one of our trees--I was hoping it was a crow nest (we've had a lot of crows around lately, too).
I see owls on my late evening runs, sometimes. Nothing quite like jogging in the dusk across the fields, and have a silent, ghostlike, barn owl pass over your head without a sound.
Tonight on our walk we paused to listen to wood thrushes. We counted fifteen or more individual birds on our walk.
Then we heard the barred owls, a pair singing. First the lower pitched male, then the high-pitched female, something like this. Hm, I see barred do eat squirrels, so perhaps they've been picking off our squirrel population. Well, we do keep bird feeders on the property.
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If people never did silly things nothing intelligent would ever get done. -- Ludwig Wittgenstein