Sunday, July 24, 2011
A Mountain Lion Sighting, Archie Takes a Nap, Mama Turkey with Babies, Coyote Scat v.s. Raccoon Scat, a Trip to Safari West and Toby Might Be Deaf at the Lazy Vegan!
What a wildlife week it has been! Starting with last Sunday evening, right after I had posted the weekly blog...the foreman yelled from the upstairs balcony that he saw a mountain lion! It was a big one, chasing a deer in the empty field by a creek right below us. Definitely too close for comfort, and in the same area where the foreman spotted one about six years ago. I'm not too concerned about the donkeys since they go in the corral at night close to the house - but the sighting has put me "on alert" when I go out to feed the boys in the wee hours in the morning! Also spotted this week was a Mama Turkey with her young babies - rather late in the season (usually we see babies in April). And there was great debate in the household about whether or not some, ahem, SCAT (why can't we just call it poop??) found in various places on the property belonged to a coyote or a raccoon. After some extensive internet research, I found out that raccoons tend to use the same place over and over again to do their "biz" whereas a coyote will pick specific & different spots, such as the middle of a road or a trail. We definitely have both samples of scat on the property - very carefully placed coyote scat in the middle of our driveway, and raccoon scat on our gravel trail. NICE!! And, finally, in other Lazy Vegan news, we were very happy to find Archie napping away on the lounge chair on the front terrace...a sure sign that he feels quite comfortable here. As if animal logistics and chores weren't already complicated enough, we're now quite certain that Toby is going deaf - will have his ears checked out by the vet at his next appointment. He obviously doesn't hear us like he used to. Time to whip out the dog sign language manual!! The week of wildlife was completed by a trip with my volunteer group at the Humane Society to Safari West, where we saw many amazing animals living in fantastic surroundings (NOT a zoo!)!
Karina came over and checked out the garden!
He had his eyes on this bird, above.
Seeking some comfort from the heat earlier in the week.