Bobcat Visitor

August 24, 2014 by  
Filed under In the Wild, New Posts

 

Bobcat in My Backyard
Beautiful kitty.

Surprise!

I looked out the window this morning, and there was an unexpected visitor in my yard.

Wow!
Wow!

There are many people where I live who deny that there are big cats around, and this is a BIG cat - maybe 8 to 10 times as large as any of my domestic felines, and Sakhara is a hearty 11+ pounds.  This is the first time I've never seen a live bobcat in my yard or anywhere in the wild, so I was excited.

At first it was difficult for me to be sure what kind of cat this was.  It was crouched down at the back of the yard and I could tell it was a tawny color, but my distance vision isn't what it used to be.  When I got out the camera and started zooming in, I was certain that this was either a big bobcat or a small mountain lion.   There have definitely been mountain lions spotted in southern Connecticut, but I haven't heard of any this far north.

Check out the ears.
Check out the ears.

It was the ears that first gave confirmation that this was a bobcat.

It wasn't very bright outside yet, and the cat was crouched close to the ground and it's head was very low at first.  This made it hard to see any stripes or spots, but when the cat turned it's head further away, I could see the ear markings.   Definitely a bobcat!

I don't know what he was hunting.  Something up in one of the trees kept commanding his attention, but I couldn't see what it was.

Hattie, the feral cat who lives in my yard and who had already had her breakfast, was nowhere to be seen.  That's Hattie's fail safe way of staying out of the way of predators.

So I just kept on snapping photos.

I didn't even take the time to speak with this magnificent beauty.  I got 129 photos all together, although most are now in the computer trash bin.

Time to bathe.
Time to bathe.

Bobcat was perfectly at home and acted as though this space belonged to him.

Finally it was time for a bath.  Both forefeet and forelegs required attention before the bobcat finished grooming.

If you'd like to experiment chatting with a very wild feline, you might tune into this exquisite beauty.  I can't guaranty that you'll be able to have a conversation, as some wild animals have no interest at all in speaking with us.  But if you do, please share some of it in a comment on this post.

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Simply gorgeous!

One final photo to show off his magnificent self before disappearing.  I had turned away for just a moment and when I looked back, bobcat was gone without leaving a trace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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