I've cleverly hidden myself behind this wall.
Why, you ask?
Because there was one of THESE:
in my yard today!!
I'll let my Daddy tell the story.
Today was the first time we saw Shadow see a bobcat. Actually it was the first five times!
At about 6:45 AM (which is about 15 minutes before horizon sunrise and 45 minutes before it clears the mountain) it's pretty dark outside and Shadow is at her kitchen window when I notice her all tense. Mr. Bobcat is on our upper patio waiting for birds to come to the feeder. No action so he exits stage right into Bill's yard. She zips to the patio door to watch him leave.
7:00 AM. Birds are coming in when Mr. Bobcat reappears from outside our wall jumping and missing his target. So he jumps down into our yard not knowing about the piercing eyes that are watching him--and exits stage left into Clark's yard.
Five minutes later he saunters back right in front of her and into Bill's yard again.
It's later now and we're eating breakfast inside and we again have a tense cat; Mr. Bobcat is crouched again on our upper patio. Birds know there are fresh peanuts but face either death by starvation or death by being eaten. They choose starvation so he exits stage left again.
Five minutes later he reappears in front of Shadow again with a quail in his mouth and goes into Bill's yard for the last time.
We had no bushy tail, no growl, no scream. The window was closed and she probably saw his size and decided to leave well enough alone. Of course, she didn't leave the two windows for the rest of the morning!
Kitties, I was a very keyed up pussycat the rest of the day...I need a nap! That ginormous Tailess Menace could come back, at any time, day or night. Maybe I should lobby for an assistant.
XX Shadow XX