Sunday, May 15, 2011

Timber!

With blogger down those few days, I was not able to post and it was annoying, so I have some catching up to do. 'Tis a rare beast that I have any computer time on a Sunday, but My Sweetie has gone to a Rangers baseball game with his sister. Speaking of rare beasts, (ha ha! No! I don't mean his sister!) take a look at this:
That is our neighborhood bobcat, who I have named "Timber." I figure Timber is a good name for either a boy or a girl and it also references the name of our neighborhood. Our neighbor two houses up the hill snapped this the other day.
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I think I was the first one to spot Timber. I caught a glimpse of Timber at dusk two weeks ago. I had just gone into the kitchen and saw movement outside and glanced out the window to see it trotting across our deck. I yelled, "What the f### is that?!!" and ran to the back door and then through the house, and through the garage to the side door, opened it and then asked myself, Hey! What the heck are you doing? And then I stepped back inside and quickly closed the door. All this time My Sweetie is chasing me around going, "What? What?!!" So then I described what I had seen and we went online and found several bobcat pictures that looked like what I saw.
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A day or so later I told Carole about it. A week later when we returned from San Antonio, Carole asked if I had told any other neighbors and I had not. While we were gone, the neighbor that lives between Carole and me told Carole that a bobcat had been spotted in the neighborhood. She didn't hear it from me!
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This past Thursday,Carole and her husband stepped out in the early evening and startled Timber just emerging from their downhill neighbor's bushes and it ran across their front yard and up the street toward the top of the hill and disappeared. I ran into them when I came back from the store. They were across the street telling another neighbor. He knew all about Timber and told them that the neighbor two houses up from me had gotten a quick blurry picture. I called him yesterday and got a copy. So now every night at dusk, we look for Timber, but I haven't seen him since two weeks ago. Apparently Timber and Barney have not bothered each other although there was a wild scream in our backyard one night about a week ago. Carole and her husband also heard it as they were returning from a walk. Hopefully Barney and Timber will keep any confrontations to just screaming matches. You know, I was wondering why I haven't seen any possums yet this year.

5 comments:

XUP said...

I almost bumped into a coyote early one morning while I was out running. It's kind of unreal when you get that close to a wild animal, isn't it?

Carole said...

Gee, I like the name Timber! Somebody must have cut off that poor little kitties tail. hee hee hee

geewits said...

Xup,
~~Unless you are camping in a state park and the deer and squirrels are so tame they get right in your face to beg for food. That was just creepy.

Carole,
~~Hee hee. I keep picturing that imaginary lady. :D

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

We have Deer and Cayote's up here and I used to see them all the time---not so much anymore becase I am not out and about...BUT, a few years ago I was out on my deck, with my camera, and I saw a Bobcat going through my garden, below....I got some pretty great pictures of him as he came and went---quickly!
That was the very first time in LL the years I have lived here, (47) that I have seen a Bobcat. And I have not seen him or any of his relatives, since that one time.
BE CAREFUL!

mrwriteon said...

Cool shot!