I think that I heard her growl; that’s what made me look up. It was a little after six in the evening and I had been reading. My cat’s tail was totally fluffed out and she was growling, which she only does from behind the protection of a closed door. There was a bobcat scratching its back on my spa deck, and another one in my small wash. (That photo was blurred by my excitement.) They play-wrestled on the top of my spa. (The cover is quite ratty; I’ve ordered a new one.) One was larger. Because it’s spring, I guess they are a couple, but the smaller one seemed more like a youngster. It did a poor job of stalking the birds under my bird feeder (photo). As there were two of them, I stayed inside to snap my photos. This time, however, I did watch their exit from my yard; they go through the fence, pickets four inches on center. (The javelinas used to go through the wrought iron fence of my last place, pickets 6” on center.)
This morning I noticed movement outside the fence, what looked like a large coyote. I think because the yard is so small, animals look larger around it. I missed that photo, as it went between my house and the next, but then saw another one. I went outside, up the stairs to my deck, but coyotes, unlike bobcats, are spooked by humans. Then the first coyote came back. It is spring; they are a pair. I snapped a few photos, but they were mainly behind the brush. Noticed that my cat had quickly exited the room, but found her on the back of a couch in the TV room, looking out of the window, where she had a better view.
It’s slightly overcast today. That seems to encourage the finches. The reds are back; they are slightly larger than the tiny goldfinches. Luckily I bought more Nyjer thistle seed at Petsmart yesterday. I recall my mother complaining about how much her birdseed cost after I had bought her a finch feeder, but she did love the finches outside her dining window.
Yesterday saw a brilliant splash of red, a pyrrhuloxia eating seeds under the saguaro. Because it’s spring, the doves have been getting “lovey dovey”. Expect to start seeing nests. My neighbor thinks that the quail will nest in the giant bird nest my granddaughter and I made in the yard. I remember them nesting under the pyrocantha in my last yard, assuming that those fire thorns would deter predators, but our Airedale ate the eggs. When they nested in empty pots around my compost pile I made a fence around it to keep out the dog. I do love the quail chicks which look like acorns scuttling after their parents. When they were exiting that yard I had to help one who couldn’t jump over the fence foundation, so he could join his family.
My cat got very twitchy as these quail (photo) walked across my patio a few feet from us. That time the sliding door was closed. She has had a hard time recently listening to my admonition of No birds! I’ve had to grab her and bring her inside a few times when her back end was wriggling as she prepared to pounce on a finch in the rosemary. There are so many birds around!
We’re supposed to get more rain tomorrow. Love it! Was surprised, however, to learn that we’ve only gotten (officially) 4” in the past two months. Guess it’s too sporadic for more. My wildflowers have not gotten beyond the seedling stage however; rabbits (which a friend says will eat anything that’s not cast iron) or quail, who knows.