The closest stop sign is over a mile away and the first traffic light is 5+ miles down the road. A visit to the grocery store is almost 30 miles round trip. It's quiet here; just the sound of toads and coyotes at night. It seems very still, but when you look close there's always something happening. Read on about a few things we've noticed over the past few years.
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Yesterday evening, about an hour before sunset, I was sitting quietly on my patio when I heard the cries and howls of coyotes break out. Some were close and others were farther away. I narrowed it down to three different locations that they were calling each other from. I then spotted two of them about 100 yards from me and about 100 yards from each other. One then trotted to the other while the third continued calling out from the farther location. The two who were quickly near each other waited for the third to join them as he was on a distant hill and it took him about 5 minutes to make his way to the first pair. What I found really interesting is that when the third coyote approached the first two he acted like a youthful puppy approaching a parent. He wagged his tail in delight, he playfully jumped on the back of one, and then he fell off on to his back in a playful roll. He was so happy to be reunited with his family that he couldn't hide his glee. From the first howl to the reunion it lasted all of about 7 or 8 minutes. This reminded me of footage one would see in a nature documentary.