I saw a male pheasant about 80 yards ahead running across the highway just like the Roadrunner out of an old Roadrunner cartoon. Also about 80 yards ahead was a Mitsubishi Eclipse. As this scene quickly unfolded, my first thought was look at the “chicken” playing chicken to get to the other side of the road. Then just like that the pheasant disappeared from view for a millisecond. The pheasant lost the race across the highway and exploded in a large plume of feathers extending 15 ft into the air and its lifeless body was tossed onto the other side of the road.
This was the first time I was eyewitness to such an unexpected, sad, yet unbelievable sight.