Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Famous Desert Singers

I'm going to go out on a very short limb here and venture to say that the coyote is probably the one animal people think of when you mention the Wild West, or the desert.  

In America, we grew up with the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote cartoons.  Most coyotes are cunning and sly, but Wile E. (read: wily), would rig up the most outrageous contraptions to catch the Road Runner but always seemed to fail at the task.

We have coyotes in our yard (I'm still trying to get some good video of those suckers!) and I love when I spot them traipsing through our yard.  They look like skinny dogs, but with a long bushy tail, giant ears, and a very pointy snout.  They're usually grayish-brown and weigh between 15 to 25 pounds.

They're very vocal animals. They yip a LOT, which is known and singing.  They do this to keep track of their family members and to communicate with other coyotes. We hear them at night inside the house.  They sound like they're screaming, very high-pitched howls.  One night I sat straight up in bed because I thought I heard a woman screaming - which would have been weird in my 'hood - turned out to be a pack of coyotes making their way through our yard.

I'm going to check the video I took today when I saw "my" coyote in the yard, and if there's anything good I'll do another post about them.  Until then, I'll leave you with this beautiful coyote picture I took at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

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Work In Progress

2015: Music City Drive-By
2014: I'll Meet You At Sue's
2013: And Then The Rains Came
2012: When You Need To Point Out Which One Is Herb
2011: A Road Diverged In The Wood And I Lived To Tell About It
2010: I’m A Researchin’ Fool
2009: The Closest I’ll Ever Come
2008: Who Is He Kidding?
2007: The Captain Of My Vessel
2006: Baking Is Fun!
2005: Sticks And Stones

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