Last Monday night, I went out to the car and realized we were being serenaded by 2 different groups of coyotes. This wasn’t the type of lone animal howling and having another answer off in the distance. This was 2 packs of at least 5 to 10 each howling together – loud enough to hear inside with the windows closed and the TV on. I think Judy was just a little freaked out.
This past week, we were busy trimming trees, raking leaves, patrolling the park and picking up some of the litter people have shamelessly thrown out of their vehicles, too lazy to go by a dumpster. Earlier, we spotted an eagle and have a general idea where it is nesting, so my plans are to get close enough to get some decent pics, yet stay far enough away so as not to disturb. One day last week, while doing a patrol, I got out of the car and walked out toward a spit of land sticking out into the lake. As I approached, I watched about 6 does move away from my location and, right behind, were several coyotes leisurely following.
Last Monday evening, when I closed and did my final round after dark, I stopped to let a lone coon cross the road in front of me, only to turn and see him come right up to my door and stand on his hind legs making little chirping sounds at me.
Last Tuesday and Wednesday, the weather broke down and the animals evidently decided to "hunker down" and few were to be seen. I only spotted 1 lone buck - granted, a beautiful animal with what looked like 8 to 10 points with a beautiful wide spread. Luckily, he’s safe here, but he would have been a beautiful trophy for some hunter. Just maybe, I’ll be lucky enough to situate a camera blind well enough to get a good trophy picture.
Wildlife is plentiful here and, besides the above-mentioned, includes roadrunners, hawks, bobcats and cougars (mountain lions). Forgive the lack of pictures so far, but most of our sightings have been when we have been doing our volunteer work and were not prepared. I pledge that with the ample wildlife here, pictures will be coming.
A perfect ending to our first week in our "new" location was having our friends Dave and Sue come for a visit (with their 3 puppies) on Friday (12/16), followed by dinner at the Cotton Patch Cafe - and Judy actually had some great fried shrimp! I actually ordered grilled shrimp with blackened tilapia, which was topped with a crawfish concoction. Delicious!
OH, and did I say, WE LOVE IT HERE! ~Dick~