John Harrigan -- Deer, coyotes, ravens: Emerging signs of spring
There are coyotes all around me, and I've never considered them a problem or a threat, just a fact of life - part of the scene and at times pretty good company.
Much of my life seems to revolve around the outdoor furnace, and well after one midnight hour last week, I'd just got home from a trip to Nevada and was stepping up to throw some wood in when I was again stopped in my tracks, this time by the singing, yipping and howling of a bunch of coyotes in the hilltop field just across the swamp. You could almost spit on them if the wind was right, making the hair on the back of my neck stand up in a pleasant sort of way.
On a morning last week, I was doing dishes when a huge bird swooped down from rooftop level and cruised the back barnyard before flapping along over the swamp. It was a raven with two crows hot on its tail, giving it the business. The crows are ready to nest, and the ravens are, too, so it was a territorial spat of the highest order.
"Social media" is a catch-all term, but to me the increasingly companion term is "drivel and drool."
Apparently a "dare to jump in" challenge regarding swollen rivers and streams has been circulating around personal websites and emails, prompting Fish and Game, during the latest body search, to issue a warning against it.
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