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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Coyote Encounter

Interesting clouds over the Organs
Willow, Frio and I had an interesting trek up to Second Arroyo this morning, the most exciting feature being an encounter with a small pack of Coyotes (5 or 6) who were headed our way west in Tellbrook Arroyo when we were crossing over it on the long dirt road.  Willow and Frio didn't see the tricksters until they had altered track after spotting us; therefore I was able to get a few good images of the critters before having to fend off the Heelers.

I did a lot of sweating out there today because it was hot and humid; due to the adverse conditions we took a lot of shade breaks after a long respite in Second Arroyo, where we drank water to stay hydrated.

On the way back into the upper flatland I spotted another imprint in the sand where a snake (probably a rattler) had coiled to sleep(?)  There was also a clear track across the ground leading to--or away--from the resting spot.

This & the next 8:  portions of blue sky

How many doves?

This & the next:  still yellow with chinchweed

Willow and Frio

Sphinx Moth larvae

Who's that coming down the Tellbrook Arroyo?

One of five or six coyotes

Crossing out of the arroyo

Pausing to take a look at us

This & the next:  another of the pack

This & the next:  where a snake coiled, and its track


1 comment:

Dr. K said...

Nice photos of the coyote. It looks pretty healthy. I'm glad you and our doggies didn't personally encounter the snake.

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