Some interesting animal behavior has been underway just outside our house. Yesterday morning, I discovered that the bobcat had left a calling card overnight. A scrape with his hind paws (from top to bottom in the photo) and then scat. His pawprints are obvious above his territorial marking.
Yesterday evening, a trio of coyotes trotted into our clearing. In the photo below, a coyote is passing the camera in the foreground. In the background, next to the big tree, another coyote is leaving scat over top of the bobcat's scat.
So, contrary to what I learned in school and in my recent reading, territorial markings are not just for members of the same species. Other species respond to them as well. It's fascinating to me that canines and felines speak the same language, in terms of territorial markings, and talk to each other.
In the next coyote photo from last night, a coyote passed the camera and spotted another coyote looking straight at him. Notice that the trotting coyote's tail is up, compared to the photo above and all the other coyote photos that I've shown in the past. I think that the tail position is part of the communication between these two coyotes.
Each morning, K heads out the door with me and checks out the animal scents around our house from the night before. I can tell how much activity occurred based on her excitement level. Today, it was high!
I feel so grateful that K can go on my morning snowbike rides with me again. Yesterday morning, she stood in a favorite spot with blue skies, white mountains, and orange lichen all around her.
Yesterday evening, they sat in a beam of light from the setting sun, a pair of Labradors alert in their forest.