November 14, 2011

In My Backyard



Our bobcat came for a visit.

Seen yesterday, strolling in our back yard, then plopped in the November sun a few yards from the house.  A bobcat is smallish but muscularly powerful, even doing a slow amble.  And look at that face.  So fierce, so contented, so . . . . catlike.
 
I have written about the bobcat before and taken pictures of her stalking outside our dining room windows.

We see her (him?) often, patrolling not just the weeds and meadow by the woods, but smack in our back yards.  This photo was taken by my neighbor Gwen, and it was no challenge for her to get a shot of this elusive hunter.  The bobcat simply laid down in the lawn in full daylight for half an hour and practically posed.

If I had whiskers like that I'd want my picture taken too.

16 comments:

  1. Wow. That is amazing!

    Maybe whiskers like that are beautiful to other bobcats.

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  2. What a thrill. Isn't this an amazing cat. To have on in your back yard is so exciting.

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  3. I would have peed in my pants with excitement! Holy moly - he's beautiful!

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  4. Geez!! If I saw that in my backyard, we'd MOVE!!
    Holy Smoke, that would eat the dog and maybe the youngest child!
    Wait a minute, he'd pry eat the rabbits and chipmunks, too.
    Where can I get me one??!
    Stay inside, Laurrie!

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  5. This is an incredible photo! The previous post is even better. We live in a fairly rural area and some people say we have coyotes and bobcats around in the large farms and wooded areas, but we've never seen anything as gorgeous as that! Fantastic!

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  6. I would love to see a bobcat. That would be such a beautiful sight. I am amazed you got such a great photo. Are they not wary of everything? In PA I saw two cougars, but so briefly because they are very secretive. You are so lucky to have her visiting and looking so relaxed.

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  7. Exciting! I would have freaked out, though, if I had seen him outside while my dogs were out. But my furballs make so much noise it probably wuold have picked a different yard. I wonder if any neighborhood pets have gone missing? Horrible thought....

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  8. Whoa! What a beauty! I am such a cat fanatic, I immediately began to wonder if they purr like housecats. This one certainly looks content enough to. Great photo!

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  9. What an amazing photo! I'm not sure I'd like a bobcat patrolling around here with our cats and dogs, but maybe they'd chase the coyotes away. It's certainly much more beautiful than any coyote!

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  10. The bobcat looks like he is quite secure in his own territory! He is a beautiful animal.

    BTW, I am humbled by the photos of the snow in your previous post. Sometimes I can appreciate weather that reveals which plants are best adapted and are going to make it for the long haul in my garden. But mostly I am sad when a cherished plant succumbs.

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  11. How cool! I'd love so catch a glimpse of a bobcat. Something tells me the rodent population will be well controlled by your kitty neighbor. I'm on a quest to catch sight of the bear that continues to leave his/her present plops in our front yard.

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  13. Hi Laurrie, The squirrels and the odd chipmunk who frequent our yard pale in comparison with your exotic visitor. It is amazing how relaxed and at home the bobcat appears. Your neighbour really managed to get a great shot!

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  15. Thanks to all the commenters who stopped by to see the bobcat!

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  16. I had forgotten all about your bobcat until now. What a fantastic photo and how great that he/she is so relaxed in your yard. That cat obviously feels quite safe there.

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