Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Battle of the Bobcat, the Coyotes, and Two Ravens



The bobcat pictured above used to come by here quite often. It's a large cat that also used to hang out at the donkey rescue. Both Rachael and I became familiar with it. Though large, it's nowhere near as large as the bobcat in my previous post, and it has that square body and a small head:

The most recent bobcat visitor, large, tawny, but smaller than a mountain lion. It gets your imagination going though.

This cute bobcat came by a few years ago. It's a small cat. Very speckled. Sorry about the bad quality of the picture.



What interests me about this cat, in addition to its color and size, is the large size of its head. I hope it comes back again so I can get a better look at it.

My favorite picture of a bobcat hunting. I have it in the sidebar of my blog.




The Battle of the Bobcat, the Coyotes, and Two Ravens

The bobcat came through the long dry grass running, unusual for a bobcat, they always seem to stroll along, aloof and in control. This cat seemed to have lost its calm as it crossed our driveway and ran into the next field. Then I see two coyotes following the cat, closely, quietly. This caught my attention, but I had no idea I would soon see something remarkable. 

Two electrical poles sit in that field and when the cat reached the first pole, it began to climb. Now that's a very long climb to the top, with nothing to hold onto, no branches, no knobbly outcroppings, just the plain old pole. While I'm looking, rooting for the cat to make it to the top, the two coyotes stop, look up also, and sort of shake their heads and move on, out of my sight. 

Two ravens are perched at the top of the pole, also looking on with interest, as the cat continues to climb, making quite a racket, scratching its way to the top. The two ravens, annoyed now, fly off to sit on top of the other pole, regrouping. The bobcat rests on top of the pole, safe for now, surveying the land below. I'm standing there with my mouth wide open. It seems unbelievable that the cat made it that high up. Just by its own strength. And then it begins.

The ravens attack. Poor cat, after all that, it is getting dive-bombed by the two ravens. I see the cat hiss and claw into the air, but it has no chance, these birds are large and they are mad. I guess the cat invaded their pole, their territory or something. This goes on for a while and I grab my cellphone and call Rachael down at the rescue, to share my exciting adventure in the animal world. As we talk, I look away for just a second, when I look back, the ravens sit proudly at the top of "their" pole and the cat is gone. "Rachael," I cry, "the cat is no longer there, did it jump? Did it fall? Does it really have nine lives, what about the coyotes?" Rachael, not one to panic like me, suggests I walk over there and check it out. I do, I look under all the rabbit brush, I look everywhere, there is no cat in sight. Nor any coyotes. But two ravens sit atop their pole, victorious, their dangerous large black beaks shining in the sun. 








27 comments:

  1. he must have taken quite a jump/fall!

    and now that you show the various bobcats you've seen, the one you have now really is different - almost like a bobcat/mtn lion cross! :)

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  2. Wow, interesting story! We had a bobcat sighting the other day here in Wrightwood. I love ravens and am always on the look out to get their photos!

    Enjoyed your post a lot.

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  3. I have always wanted to see a bobcat! We have them in Oklahoma, mountain lions, too. Some old timers have seen panthers, so they say.

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  4. Wow! What a story! And the pictures are great... I would be so excited to get such good pictures of the bobcats. I hope the cat is okay... and something tells me he is just fine. Mean ravens!

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  5. I hope the poor little kitty was okay. But I realize he was neither poor nor little.

    Love,
    Janie

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  6. That kitty is bigger than me!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  7. Wow what fascinating animals to have right on your doorstep! I imagine they are great to watch (from a distance though!)

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  8. Comparing the 2 "bobcats" I don't see the stripes on the tan one either, I wonder if he is really a mountain lion that was injured and lost his tail. He stance doesn't even say bobcat, and those huge rear legs .... hope you can get more pictures.

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  9. It apparently was a bad day to be a bobcat!!

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  10. Wow. He really looks like an oversized cat, and blends into his environment. He probably leaped away.

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  11. speckled BC is likely that years young

    the larger head is most likely a male, typical secondary sex characteristic. You should be able to see testicles on the male walking away if they flip their tail.

    I had the pleasure of sitting on my horse and watching a BC hunt voles by the arena. Native animals are usually not bothered when they are familiar with horses, which allows quiet riders to see things people on foot might miss.

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  12. Cats usually land on their feet, but they can also descend quickly when they have to (claws help).

    I wouldn't worry. What a show they put on for you!

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  13. Once I hear from Upupaepops, a scientist and naturalist blogger friend of mine, if I have any nature questions, I know they will be explained. I didn't know younger cats were more speckled and I also didn't know that the larger heads are a male characteristic. Thanks so much. I still keep hoping he will return. I know they have pretty large territories that they roam. But we have water now.

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  14. another thought on the drippy faucet.

    mud attracts butterflies, so you may wish to add a pan of soil to the drippy place and pull in some beauties

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  15. Upupaepops: There's a lot of mud up there, but no butterflies, not bees, not even any flies this year. White cabbage butterflies are the only ones I see here now. I lost my post about the bear paw prints in the garden, so I will work on it and post it later in the week. There was a smaller paw print that I would like your opinion on. It is so nice to see you here again.

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  16. They don't look like kitties I'd like to pet, but it must be wonderful to be in a position to see these wild, natural creatures. Thank God for cameras.

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  17. Although I would not want to see a bobcat in my neighborhood, I was rooting for him in your storiy. It sounds like he got down that pole lickety split.

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  18. Bob cats are in our area, but I haven't seen one. I would like to!

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  19. Wow, that was quite a show of nature you got to see. I never would've thought a couple of birds could get the better of a bobcat like that. (I hope he wasn't hurt getting down.)

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  20. What a great story - and great pictures.
    I noticed that your big cat was tawny and not spotted. His feet look huge. One does wonder.

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  21. Hi Inger .. birds are quite incredible - the magpies here gang up on a fox cub ... while of course the seagulls eat 'our sandwiches' .. well not mine!

    Amazing story - was it safe to go look????!!

    Cheers Hilary

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  22. on the ground the bobcat would have been king, but on that pole, no chance against the bad birds. at least he was gone and you did not find a dead or injured bobcat. these are amazing, i did not know there wre so many different types. and none of these look like the ones in Georgia.. great story loved the pics

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  23. Wow, how blessed you were to witness such a nature show. Sorry you missed the dismount but it must have been successful. Had no idea coyotes would attempt tackling a bobcat. Maybe being two emboldened them.

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  24. Amazing to see them round your house!

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  25. May I say wow - and wow again. Aren't you afraid of the bobcat?

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Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger

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