Today, after tons of yardwork, Jen and I decided to take Bella for a walk. I was going to take my camera, but decided to take The Flip instead so I could get some video of her howling and chasing rabbits near a field about 150 yards from our house. She loves it.
As we approach the area the rabbits usually are, we look out into the field. There is a large flooded area from all of the recent rain, and geese and ducks swimming in it. And on the edge, a scraggly looking creature. Too tall to be a fox, too weird looking to be a dog. Definitely a coyote.
Here is the minimal footage we got. Unfortunately the Flip doesn’t have much zoom, and I wasn’t about to get much closer. If I would only have had my camera…. *kicks self*.
So it heads back to that wooded area. The end.
Yeah, right. Of course, now I’m in stalker mode, constantly watching the field for my photo op. But this is where it gets interesting. We just had a new neighbor move in, 2 houses down. We went to introduce ourselves while on our walk with Bella. She says “Yeah, it seems like everyone around here has a dog. I see a lot of people walking them.” I mention Chloe, the black lab across the road who just roams the neighborhood (and who also scared the crap out of me while I was mowing today…). And our neighbor says, “Oh I haven’t seen her. I’ve only seen that dog with the red-looking spots and the mangy looking body.”
Fast-forward 3 hours to about 10 minutes ago. I look out in the field and see a few creatures. I grab my camera and head across the road. I get close enough to see that it is just 2 deer grazing around the field, so I head back to the house. On my way back I run into 2 neighbors that we haven’t met yet, so I introduced myself. I mention that we thought we had seen a coyote because I didn’t want to be random guy walking with a huge camera. And one of the neighbors says…
“You live in that house right there? I was mowing last weekend and it walked right through your front yard.”
Holy crap. If you thought we keep a close eye on Bella in the backyard, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Freaky.