Thursday, October 17, 2013
The Small-Hold is Besieged
The outside dog has been going ballistic with his barking all evening. When he started a few hours ago I went out and heard the coyotes barking and howling all around the woodlines surrounding the homestead.
No big deal they do that almost every night at some point.
This evening however they have moved into the freshly mowed corn and soybean fields and are now just outside of the light radius from the house and barn. I took my shotgun with the light mounted on it out and actually managed to illuminate their eyes a couple of times.
It's almost like being besieged by primitive tribal scouts. It's very unusual to have them this close and in the numbers I am hearing from different directions. As near as I can tell there has to be about three different groups of them all converging on the place from the various directions. Usually it is just one group or another coming from their specific direction. I know it is three different groups because while say the Southwest group will get close at some point each night the Northeast group is usually far off. It isn't unusual to hear all three groups going but to have them all so close at the same time is so rare I cannot ever remember having heard it before.
They have gotten so close and loud this evening that I can actually hear the West group while I am sitting here typing this up.
The dog is still upset but I don't worry about anything until I go out and see the cats on top of the barn. Then I know something is up. Last time I was outside the cats were laying in the driveway without a worry in the world. If I hear the dog come up on the deck barking then I know it is time to get him inside but at his size it would take a bunch of very dedicated coyotes to harm him. He isn't all that much taller than a coyote but he is about twice their weight class.
Just thought I would share. Gonna go out and listen to them sing a bit more before they all move on for the night.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!