Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Poor Bunny!

In nature things move violently to their place, and calmly in their place.
                    Francis Bacon


This morning I was out shopping hunting for Christmas decorations in the bush, you know the usual pine cones, Turkey and Blue Jay feathers among other things when I heard a dog barking. I was wondering why a dog would be barking this far away from any houses. I assumed maybe someone was out in the bush on a farm miles away doing the same kind of shopping hunting that I was doing. I continued to walk with my head down and listening to the frozen ground crunching under my feet.

I found a bunch of really beautiful yet sticky Pine cones and was trying to juggle them with one hand and holding them close to my chest as to not drop them from whence they came. If you are wondering why I did not put them in the back pack with the new Bear bell attached that I usually always carry well, it was sitting on the floor of the tractor about a mile from where I was searching.

You see I had just stepped out of the tractor for a moment to check on a new baby calf that had just been born, and thought I would be right back. After checking the cutest little calf so far I became a little distracted after seeing a Pine tree and all its cones lying on the ground on NDF’s side of the fence. I hopped over the fence and started gathering them up one by one. This is when I decided I needed some nice Pine branches to make a wreath for my door. I did not like any that were growing near where I was standing so I wandered a little farther into the bush. In the long run I changed my mind and did not want to break any of the branches off and continued on, enjoying the view. This often happens to me. Most times I have no control of this impulse.

Back to the dog barking, it just kept barking so I shouted to let whomever may be walking their dog back here that I was in the area. Then…….this dog (?) started howling. I am pretty sure by now you know it was not a dog and probably a Coyote or maybe a Wolf. My thoughts instantly went to the beautiful little calves about a mile way closer to the house. Drat!

I decided I was going to howl back to see what would happen, I howled, I listened and it howled back. I actually think I must speak Coyote. I stood there and listened to this beautiful yet somewhat eerie sound echoing in the stillness of the morning until I grew tired of picking up my Pine cones off the ground. It is truly a beautiful sound.

Before you get all stressed out thinking about killer Coyotes eating little baby calves I want to tell you that NOT ALL Coyotes kill calves. There is a majority who are quite contented with eating rodents, berries, and unfortunately little innocent Rabbits.


 I am NOT going to worry till I have a reason to; after all we now have eight ten, now eleven (may be twelve or more when you read this) healthy calves running around strong and fast and there have been no problems. Time will tell.

I slide back through the fence and climb back into the tractor dropping those Pine cones on the floor. I drive past Mothers and calves stretched out on the hay absorbing the rays of the sun. I smile.

Later

26 comments:

  1. I bet your tree will look lovely with all those fresh pine cones. I do like the sound of coyotes calling...as long as they stick to eating rodents. :)

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  2. how wonderful! i was just thinking i would get my errands done today and go for a wander in our woods... have a great day B

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  3. The babies are coming along fast and furious aren't they!

    A good wander sounds like the perfect thing just now; wander a bit for me as well? Maybe it would be a good idea for you to attach a wee bell to an article of clothing you always wear outside so you're never without one?

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  4. You've definitely convinced me that you speak coyote!

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  5. Oh I bet you make all kinds of animal noises when you have to..ah, pine cones good to start the fire :)
    my friend...love M xoxox

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  6. Sounds like it's been a successful calving season so far! How many cows do you expect to freshen?

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  7. Pine cones and feathers for Christmas...I like the sound of that.

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  8. Have you ever heard Randy Travis' song, Wind in the Wire? (Written by an Albertan)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OYD442COB4

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  9. If I could rein myself in when doing chores, I'd, likely, get a lot more done. You and I are alike...it's every so much more interesting to check things out -smile-.
    As to Mother Nature and Father Time, like Daddy says, "they'll take care of us all, eventually."

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  10. I can smell the pine cones from here Buttons. Have a wonderful day!

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  11. i think packs of loose dogs are more dangerous to calves than the coyotes, most of the time. they kill for sport. at least the coyotes kill to eat. however, they are quite destructive to goats and fowl (in my neighbor's area!)

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  12. All well that ends well. Our coyotes are very shy and reclusive...

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  13. I love that you howled back! I bet it was so sweet to see the mothers and calves sun bathing :) I would smile (and most likely squeal like a little girl) after seeing that!

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  14. Oh how lovely - lots of baby calves being born. They will keep you busy no doubt!
    I love natural Christmas decorations and can imagine yours will look wonderful hanging on your door. Will you post a picture?
    I do hope those coyotes or wolves keep their distance.

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  15. LOL.. I can just see you howling at the coyote and it howling back.

    Pine cones.... thats kind of funny because I just did a post on My Journey With Candida about Pine Cone Extract.

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  16. AH! BUNNY BITS!!! We used to have a cat that would bring us squirrel rear ends only - back legs to tail...EWWW!

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  17. I used to do the same thing on our farm as a kid talk or rather howl back to the Coyotes and wolves . I to found it eerie but beautiful to hear their howl echo in the cold air. Wonderful post . Congrats on all the new calves that's wonderful ! Have a good day !

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  18. I could just see you jumping back and forth over that fence!! Loved hearing about your new calves too, I had no idea they were born this time of year!

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  19. I really appreciate the coyotes that stick to rodents and (unfortunately) bunnies. I'm glad the calving is going so well! :)

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  20. I bet that was truly a memorable experience. I don't know that I've ever heard one and only seen one in the wild.
    One neighbor has seen he has seen them in the area but I'm not sure he was sober at that moment. :)
    I hope we get to see one of those wreaths that I'm sure will be lovely. I find turkey feathers but had not thought to even look for blue jay ones and I have many more blue jays than normal this fall.

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  21. Yeh I talk back to the animals as well. I have a coyote hanging in my field lately. There is lots of mice, moles, to keep him busy. Boy when they get howling there can be quiet a chorus going on here. Now that we have snow I can see one is tracking right past our yard. We haven't had a dog for 2 years now and the wildlife is slowing coming closer to the house. I use to be such a feather nut, I picked up everyone and there was a period their were lots. I heard once when you see a feather there is a message with it. Well I must not be getting many messages anymore as I just don't see the feathers like I use too. Well enjoy your days ahead and if I don't make it back before Christmas have a very blessed one.

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  22. I have now determined that you and I MUST NEVER MEET.

    because if we do, we will affect the world in tremendous ways that it could never recover from...tee hee!

    I wander all the time - no one except Dexter wants to walk to the mailbox with me, because what should be a 15-20 round trip ends up being hours later "the mail? Oh yea, i think I left it down by the fence after i stopped to pick up some rocks and I didnt have enough hands to..."

    yes, we would be a trouble onto those who like an orderly world, buttons...

    and Im sure you turned off the tractor before you disembarked, right? safety first! So happy for all your babies too; it must be a regular baby factory over there! The girls are going to have fun when they come home!

    btw love the bunny tail shot! ;)

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  23. So glad your babies are ok. I haven't visited for a little while, so shall go back and check... am sure you've posted photos of some newborns ;D)

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  24. The coyotes around here eat lots of bunnies too. But we have so many rabbits that I can't imagine what it would be like if they didn't help keep the population down.

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  25. i don't know much about wild animals but i do love natural decorations for christmas!!

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