This AM we went to the ranch. It is finally getting cooler. They chased one cottontail which immediately went down a kangaroo rat hole– as Libby says, bunnies cheat. Then Lib bumped a hare out of position and only Lashyn sighted it– she ran it out of sight as the others ran up to me going “Huh?”
Finally we put up a good hare in range and they all had a good though ultimately unsuccessful run– unsighted in cholla. Then to the tank where the old lurcher had a soak.
That peak in the background has a golden eagle nest on it, on a ledge on the left- hand extension. It is known to locals as “Mount Titty” though you won’t find that name on the map..
On the way home, the girls were much quieter.
Here is a dashboard still life on the way out– binos, whistle, .410 shells, comb for cactus spines, trigger spring for Mauser (must take that in…)
We also saw, in the distance, a HUGE and very black coyote slinking off.
Some think that wolf genes are leaking into the local population through the
introductions. This looked like the big northeastern canids I used to see
killing deer on Quabbin reservoir in Massachusetts in my youth– which do
have wolf genetic material. More on that later…