Friday, October 9, 2009

Unexpected visitors.............

This is an Eastern Coyote. One that looked very similar to this file photo was prowling around the farm at 2:30 this morning. Danny was barking loudly at 12:30 and I checked things out and didn't see anything. When he started in again at 2:30, I could tell by his bark we had an unwanted visitor. I pointed the spotlight across the lawn and there he was. Not intimidated by my light and actually stood there about 25 seconds before he trotted off. The sheep went out to graze this morning and we noticed them in a huddle not long after I put them out. I quickly rounded them up and put them back in the corral by the barn. I didn't see anything but the donkey was sensing something around and I'd rather be safe than sorry.

Shortly after chores this morning, this lovely lady showed up to bathe in our enormous mud puddles. This is a female mallard. She was alone which surprised me. Our Indian Runners decided to get acquainted with her. She was friendly enough.

The Indian Runners were not. They quickly decided she was not welcome. Not very hospitable ducks!

After trying to scare here, they weren't interested and headed off down the lane for the barnyard. It was comical to watch them wattle off one by one. Even more amusing to see Mrs. Mallard decide to follow behind them at a good distance.

I hope she finds her mate of he finds her. Seems she would really like some company.


Deb said...

scarey....glad everything turned out okay....

tmongan said...

Wow that is a well sized coyote! Growing up in Tucson my Parents had a donkey so I know they can be good lookouts and sound the alarm if necessary. Great blog, I will point my father in law here....he farms out in western Ohio. Take care!

Rayna said...

Crazy about the coy...They're so fearless it's scary. That looks like a male mallard in his eclipse phase to me, but I could be wrong. Glad all the sheepies are alright!

thecrazysheeplady said...

Ugh. Stay safe out there sheeps and feathereds!

Joanna@BooneDocksWilcox said...

I always like to see wildlife thriving but not acting as predators on our precious farm animals. Around here, they are saying the coyotes are helping to control the deer population. Good luck.

Sue said...

My neighbor raises donkeys, and he says the are just the best watchdog for stock. We are having wolf problems here, and a donkey will just kick one to death. Amazing!

And your ducks are sooooo adorable. Hubby wants the Indian Runners-they are hilarious to watch walking about!

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Anonymous said...

We've had coyotes lurking around for weeks. We can hear them howling and yelping at the edge of the woods at evening and night.

That is one reason we got Jack the donkey years ago. He will chase a coyote long and far.

The lady mallard is so cute. We use to have the Indian Runner ducks. I love the way they stand straight up and run.

Have a great weekend and I hope the coyote doesn't get any of the livestock.

kristi said...

Wow! That would definitely make the hair on the back of my neck stand up! When you started posting about the ducks, I admit I was hoping nothing had happened to them. Love the duck pics however:) I think all this rain here is moving your way:(

Anonymous said...

I am glad that the coyote did not cause any trouble! Awww poor little duck all by herself I hope she finds a mate or someone to spend time with.

Anonymous said...

We had five wild mallards over winter with us a few years ago. They left early in the spring.

DayPhoto said...

Honey Hen here-------sqwack! Pant, shiver, shake! Oh, My! Oh, MY!

Did you save your girls!!!! Oh heavens! I'm glad you took care of your sheep. That thing is .... well, very frightening!



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