Thursday, May 06, 2010

Something of the Canine Variety

 
 
When I checked the LCD of my camera outside, I saw what looked like a coyote. I thought, "Nah, how could we have coyotes in this area? It's probably just a dog." But I was excited at the prospect of it being a coyote because it sure did look like one. I thought this is either gonna be really good, or really disappointing, but not terribly disappointing since I've never gotten a picture of a dog before. Turns out, it's a coyote! I showed Camera Trap Codger to confirm the identification. Makes me a little uneasy knowing coyotes are around, since my toddler runs around outside all the time, sometimes getting out of my view before I can catch up to him. In the first shot at 10:39 p.m. on April 28th, you can see the glowing eyes, and only 33 seconds later he is right up close. Occasionally, you do hear stories of a random coyote showing up at a 7-11 in downtown Chicago, but you never expect to see one in suburban Virginia. In all my years of living in Virginia, I don't recall ever seeing one. So this is about as exciting as it gets.
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6 comments:

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

That's an amazing picture! I saw the other day that a coyote had gotten hit by a car near Leesburg...I'm quite sure we have them out here where we are, but I'm hopeful that our dogs keep them away...At least I hope!

Jayla said...

That's interesting the coyotes are also in Leesburg. If there is one, there must be more.

arenee43 said...

It's a great photo but kind of scary to have a coyote so close to the house. We had a few in CT one year and I was scared about my grandmother's cats and dogs being outside.

The Sassy Crafter said...

Wow! A coyote in your backyard! amazing....

Joe said...

Surprised you'd catch one in your backyard in Fairfax. I live in the Shenandoah Valley and we started seeing and hearing them fairly regularly about 10 to 15 years ago. Looks like a pretty good size one. And you're right if there's one there's probably more.

Jayla said...

Joe, I used to live in the Shenandoah Valley, but I don't remember seeing coyotes. I haven't lived there for about 13 years though, which is about when you said you started seeing them.