blatz514: Tell that to the turkey I hit a few years back.
James10952001: My guess is they learn based on how fast most of the cars are traveling rather than observing the number posted on the sign. It is a fairly basic instinct to judge the speed of a moving object and react to it with precise timing, it is a skill necessary for catching food, flying in formations and other things birds do.
CruJones: This assumes the average speed is the same as the posted speed limit, which in my anecdotal experience, is not the case usually.
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