Early Morning Visitors

I was sitting quietly this morning, checking Facebook as I took the first sips of my first cup of coffee. I was quiet, that is, until suddenly Shasta started her high-pitched, excited bark, bounced out of her chair and attacked the door. Thinking she saw a fierce critter outside, like maybe a squirrel, I opened the door and both she and Bailey rushed out. Bailey rushing out is quite unique these days, so I looked to see what was causing the fuss.
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Oh! Not a squirrel after all. Although I know we have coyotes in our neighborhood and often hear them during dark hours, never before have I seen one actually come into the cleared part of the yard. This is a bit blurry because I was in a hurry to capture the picture – and – it was taking a few steps forward towards the fiercely-barking Shasta instead of running off the other direction. I took the photo, then took some steps forward myself to avert what I saw as a potential issue. As I moved forward, the coyote turned and ran into the scrub. Shasta continued her frantic racing around the yard, barking at the scrub, protecting us from certain disaster. Making me a little nervous – don’t be quite so aggressive, girl!

On a more peaceful note, we have had our other, more common visitors. Like this one, hiding on the back side of the feeder.
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Joined now, by a pair of Chickadees, wondering who that is on their feeder. Considering, perhaps, whether to allow such interlopers. Concerned, perhaps, whether the food supply would support the demand.
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This is how most of my mornings begin. I make a diligent effort to avoid early morning appointments that would require turning into a real, public-suitable person before I have had my hour(s) in my chair, with my iPad, coffee, and feathered and furry visitors. It might be that these slow starts to the day are why not nearly as much as should be done actually gets done. Especially since once I have had lunch I consider myself off-duty. Such is the life of an aging, lazy, retired person. Would I change a thing? Probably not a lot – other than getting that yard work robot and housework elf.

While I sit here, beside my window, watching life go on outside that window, sometimes the life outside that window looks back at me.
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Am I a threat? Nah, not me. I am the one who feeds you, you know? I come in peace. I am constantly amazed at these little creatures – at their perfection, their ability to survive, their instincts. I wish we could have conversations. I wish they could share their thoughts. Maybe in my next life . . .

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About Carol

I'm me - nothing unusual, just me. Widowed, 2 grown children who are my best friends, 2 dogs, 1 cat, retired, loving being retired. I am woman, I am strong.
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14 Responses to Early Morning Visitors

  1. Oh my stars and garters — a coyote! That’s so darned cool. I’m glad that s/he didn’t get tangled up with your girls. I’m so impressed you got such a great shot!

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  2. Heather says:

    Very unusual morning, love the shot you got. I wish my mornings were so peaceful.

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  3. Joanne says:

    It’s so unnerving when your usually calm pet dog gets into such a tizz, and I’ve learnt from experience that there’s always a reason for it. Weren’t you lucky to get such a good photo of the coyote?! I’m amazed every day by the wild creatures too. 🙂

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  4. loisajay says:

    The chickadees and chipmunk photo is so darn quite. Those little birds were really craning their necks to watch that one!

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  5. lakeafton says:

    I know we have coyotes in the area. They seem to be everywhere. Growing up they were only in western movies.

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  6. Karma says:

    Sounds like a very comforting way to spend your morning – except for the coyote incident of course!

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  7. Robin says:

    Wow! A coyote. He almost looks like a coy-wolf. Your morning rituals sounds like a fine, relaxing ritual to me.

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  8. Hi Carol, Talk about wildlife! That’s a great shot of the coyote. It does give you pause to think that it is running around your neighborhood. Are the cats outdoor cats? I love your way with words–thanks for sharing a very enjoyable post. P.S.I want a yard work robot and housework elf too!

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    • Carol says:

      The cat(s) are indoor/outdoor. Actually, Lily disappeared, coyote is suspect, and she was the more outdoor cat. Twiggy is out much less often and stays closer to the house.

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      • Oh, no! Is the coyote a new neighbor? How long has Lily been gone? I do hope she turns up, and I’m glad Twiggy is a homebody.

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      • Carol says:

        We’ve had coyotes around for as long as we’ve been here, but this is the first time one has come into the cleared part of our property in daylight. Lily disappeared about three weeks ago, after surviving the great outdoors for five years.

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      • Hi Carol, It always is a little unsettling to see a coyote close up and in the daylight. I do hope Lily turns up, as sometimes happens.

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  9. pattisj says:

    You have such cute little visitors. Well, except for maybe the coyote!

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  10. leendadll says:

    eegads.. .coyotes by day!
    the pic with the chickadees checking out the chipmunk (say that 3 times, fast) is great!!

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