January 31, 2010

Vole Patrol

Our resident bobcat was back today in full daylight.  She's usually out at dusk, but here she was in mid afternoon, hunting (and getting) prey.  While we watched she made four separate stalks and pounces, and had a meal out of two of those.  She's my secret weapon against the voles that plague my woody plants and tender bulbs!

  

  

 

8 comments:

  1. Wow! How lucky are you to have a resident bobcat! I try to encourage grass seed farmers to put up hedgerows and create habitat for wildlife that will take care of the vole problems they face. Or what about high perches in their fields so the hawks have somewhere to hunt from?
    Love your blog. Keep it up.
    Cindee

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  2. Thanks, Cindee. We don't always have her. Bobcats hold a territory of several sq. miles and some years she has been hunting elsewhere. This is the first year she's been back in a while. Laurrie

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  3. These are incredible! Bobcats are so shy, and to have one this close and be able to get good photos--wonderful. I'm envious. We have them in Nova Scotia but I have only seen one a couple of times up here on my hill. Coyotes, we have far too many of.

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  4. Thanks Jodi. Our bobcat isn't shy. The first summer I "met" her she strolled right across our small backyard, in front of the patio, with a big ole dead rabbit dangling in her mouth.

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  5. I bet you don't have problems with rabbits eating your shrubs during winter either.

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  6. Lisa, I do have rabbit damage. I think the bobcat keeps the bunny population down, but not eradicated. I might need a herd (a pride?) of bobcats for real control!

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  7. Very cool! I've seen a bobcat one time at my place, on a cloudy day, when I happened to look out of the kitchen window at the right time.

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  8. Sweet bay, keep looking. If your bobcat was there once it will be back -- they patrol a fixed territory. Best time to see one is at dusk, although mine is pretty brazen in full daylight.

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