Lynx-eyed to our neighbours,
and moles to ourselves.
Jean de La Fontaine
Most days you will find me sitting at my kitchen table with pen in hand, scribbling down words on paper. With a slight turn of the head I am lucky enough to have a wondrous, beautiful world just beyond the windowpane. This is the place where I think, dream, and if I am lucky, create.
My view is like no other, and for that I am truly grateful. Fields of green (at least this time of year). Old and still standing strong buildings, that have been around long before my time. Cows and calves that like to watch me as I work, and of course an abundance of wildlife.
Most days there is the usual and predictable, like my Taunting Turkeys strutting. There are dancing deer picking and choosing the juiciest of morsels from the ground, and not to forget our two resident coyotes. They have been here for two winters now. They have not harmed anything here on the farm. They keep the rodent population and unfortunately for the rabbits, their population down too. If there was a problem I would be the first to know, and then that problem would have to be handled. Our cows and calves keep a close eye on them without fear.
Well, last Thursday things were a bit more exciting outside my window. I turned to see all the calves running. Two older mothers were running while trying to keep up with them. At first I thought they were just running because honestly that is what the young ones spend most of their time doing. On closer inspection I could see that they were chasing one of those coyotes.
I know what you are thinking. That is what I was thinking too. It is true that most often in these instances we are quick to judge. We are all wrong. They were not chasing off the coyotes. They were actually chasing what was chasing the coyotes. Gigantic Common Ravens were swooping over the coyotes head. There are a lot of Common Ravens living here now. I can tell what they are by listening to their unique call http://www.allaboutbirds.org/page.aspx?pid=2501. They are beautiful, intelligent birds and I honestly do not know why they are here, or where they came from. Or for that matter, what they want.
By this point you are probably wondering. How did I know that this is what they were actually chasing? Keep in mind, those very same coyotes walk amongst our cows and calves every day. They can be seen eating the rodents, with none of that chasing going on. That lone coyote went underneath the rail fence after escaping the dive bombing Common Ravens, and then those very same Common Ravens turned back around. The Common Ravens started flying close to the calves. The calves suddenly all bunched up together once again, and with those two mother cows still following close behind, started chasing those Ravens off again.
Mother Nature always leaves me with questions. What is the real threat here?