We occasionally see a bobcat (Lynx rufus) in the meadow by our house. We have watched it stalk, hunt, and sunbathe in the warm sunshine. This all happens within yards of our house. We live in a densely built suburb, but there are patches of woods around us.
The other day there were two. See Christy's comment on this post -- it may be a mating pair. The male may stay with the female until spring, and then they separate. We usually see only a single bobcat, or once a mother and kittens.
Jim caught some hunting action as one of the bobcats went after something.
Success. This shot was through the dining room window screen, so it's a little hard to tell what the bobcat got, but it looks like a dinner rabbit.
It was a good catch. The bobcat looks satisfied.
I do wish they would leave my sapling trees alone. The green mesh sleeve protects this little tree against antler rub by the deer, but it doesn't stop the bobcat from marking territory. Perhaps the bobcat predator scent will be a deer deterrent? Larger male bobcats have been known to bring down deer, although their diet is mostly rabbits and mice.
After dinner there was washing up to be done.
And then the two cats piled on top of each other for a rest in the snow.
Then goodbye. Off to do what bobcats do.
It's a good thing Jim's Siamese cats do not go outside, although they are so skinny and bony they'd be unlikely to tempt a bobcat when there is dinner rabbit on the menu.