Watching the wildlife

Looking for lunch

I finished the inking on the next picture but I didn’t feel that it was different enough to post, so I thought I’d put up a few of the wildlife photos I mentioned earlier instead.  Here is the coyote hunting for his lunch.  He was quite a big guy and rather blonde and in fact, until I saw his face, I thought he might have been a dog.  He spent quite a bit of time over there looking for mice, voles, moles,  or whatever and finally caught something.

Dining out

He pounced and then lay down with his catch.  I couldn’t tell what he had, but he grabbed at it, tossing his head to get rid of fur it seemed, and then swallowed whatever it was.  He spent about half an hour hunting over the same area, but I didn’t see him catching anything else.  I didn’t see any other coyotes at the time, but we certainly have heard them a lot over the last few weeks.  It is breeding season now so they are singing to themselves, I think.  I am keeping my fingers crossed to see puppies again.

Resting does

A few days earlier I saw several deer out in the back yard and just in the  woods.  The does were resting among the trees and then I saw the young buck move out into the open.  I wonder how he managed to break his antler.  Was he trying to play with the big boys a little to early?  Did he find out who the big boss really was?  I am sure that next year he will be much more skillful.  He was on the large side, so I think he might end up with a nice rack in a few years and join the big boys herd.

Young buck

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cindy D.
    Jan 29, 2012 @ 12:52:09

    Oh! I have to tell a story. I live in Evanston, a suburb just north of Chicago, and one early morning I went out to my car (on the street) and across the street I saw a yellowish dog with a strange half a tail (or so it looked). He was just casually trotting across the yards on the other side of the street. And I drove away, but starting thinking geez, that really looked like a coyote.

    So I got to work and checked and sure enough, Evanston has a lot of coyotes! There are vocal groups on either side: Group 1. They don’t hurt anyone, they are no danger to people (but you should probably keep your eye on your very small dogs), and we’ve stolen the habitat of so many wild animals, just let them be. Group 2. Oh my god! It’s a danger! It’s a nuisance! Kill them all!

    Thankfully, it seems they are just being left alone. It was cool that I saw him, but sad that his territory is the suburbs with streets and houses taking up so much space, but he didn’t seem underfed and we certainly have LOTS of squirrels and rabbits and the circle of life and all that! Oh my goodness, what a ramble! Lovely photos and so nice to hear the story of the wildlife out your window.

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  2. ruthsartwork
    Jan 29, 2012 @ 13:21:31

    I know where Evanston is Cindy. I grew up in Chicago Heights in the 60’s. Back then I don’t recall seeing any coyotes, but I am sure there are some now. We see and here them a lot around here and I don’t mind. There are quite a few people who hunt any and everything around here so I not concerned with any danger from them. They are pretty shy. We don’t hunt. I think a lot of the local wildlife has figured it out even though they stay pretty shy. I must say the deer have gotten pretty bold though. My BIL has them right up near his bird feeders and new grass and when he tries to scare them away they look and laugh.

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  3. Sandy Lewis
    Jan 29, 2012 @ 14:02:28

    Loved the pictures, you must live n a wonderful area. Thanks for a great post

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  4. ruthsartwork
    Jan 29, 2012 @ 14:41:06

    Yes,Sandy, we love where we live. We built the house and moved in 2008. There is more wildlife here than any other palce we have been. Sometimes that is good and sometimes that is bad. The deer killed off most of our initial orchard so now we have to consider putting a fence up. And then there was the squirrel whose chewing caused my husband’s truck to burn to the ground…….

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