We have been in our home twenty-five years. We spend a lot of time looking out the windows at the wildlife. I knew there were two species out there that I hadn’t seen, but this was my year to see them!
We have been seeing robins through out the winter! About fifteen years ago I attended an Empty Nester breakfast with my mother, (I know…that sounds odd. :-) She lived with us.) There was a speaker following the breakfast, who talked about local birds, and she said that we have robins year round. I’m sure I made a face when she said that, because I had NEVER seen a robin in the winter. Well, the woman was right. I have no idea what they are eating, bur we have seen robins all through the winter, despite the fact that it’s been one of the worst winters on record. Mother and DH and I used to have a race to see who was the first to sight a robin in the spring, Little did we know that our birding skills were sadly lacking.
The second species that I have finally seen is coyote. I’ve heard them, and seen them a mile away. I’ve heard neighbors talking about being afraid for their small children and dogs, but I’d never seen one on our land. In the last six weeks I’ve seen at least three. The first looked pretty bad. It’s fur looked torn, and it was emaciated. No doubt anything it was used to eating was hibernating, and feet of snow weren’t making things any easier.
I saw a second trotting through north of the house, on an east to west route. It looked as though it planned to cut through all the back yards as it hunted. The third was a healthy looking young adult, sitting at the base of a choke cherry shrub quietly watching for any bird activity at the feeder. We had a freak day of rain, following six weeks of arctic freeze and about 60 inches of snow. The coyote was sitting quietly in the downpour, hoping for a bit of breakfast. When he saw me watching him, he moved off to the north. This winter has been really tough for anything that doesn’t have shelter.
Robins and coyotes. I wonder what else we will see before we move?