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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Bobcats and springtime

Bobcats continue to amuse me all winter long, while I wait for my favorite animals, bears, to wake up. They are amazingly strong, patrolling snowing slopes in search of food.

After a big snowstorm... Check out that fur coat!
Then, again, early in the morning, after some snow melt... Look at how he spread out the pressure under his left front paw to avoid breaking through the snow crust.

He returned again later in the same day. By noon, walking on the snow crust was impossible!

This time, he lingered in front of the camera. I know that rabbits frequent this site so he might have been zeroing in on one of them.
It's getting toward bobcat breeding season. I suspect that the mother bobcat who we've followed since last summer has sent her kitten to find his own territory so that she can find a mate. The kitten is in the most dangerous phase of his life - I hope that he makes it.

I love this time of year, looking forward eagerly to flowers, bear cubs, and new bobcat kittens! As a sign that spring may be approaching, the icicles are melting.
Winter storms are still on the horizon but they make beautiful backdrops for photos, and they'll pass soon.
Our snow will melt before too long, showing us the treasures that lie below it. Shyla will see her first spring here in Colorado! She can sniff it in the air.
Happy Saturday to all of you - enjoy your spring weather if it's already arrived!


  1. Those bobcat photos are super, love the ear tufts. Yes, Shyla will find so much new, in the spring.Are you also getting too many anonymous comments? I have now started comment moderation, and delete before they get to my blog.Greetings from Jean.

  2. Great Pictures of the bobcat. Shyla is Beautiful on the rock...
    We had a great day, our dogs could be out in the garden. Spring is delayed about 3 weeks. About +13 C today so we could work in the garden with tshirt
    Now its 23 PM so its time to sleep for us over here.
    Sweet Dreams!

  3. Hi, Our snow is almost gone but more is on the horizon for Monday & Tuesday. I love the photos of Shyla against the dark sky. The Bobcat is so beautiful!
    Enjoy the warm weather; I can't wait for it to stay for good. We will be in northern Ca. next week where it is supposed to be in the 80's-yippee!
    Hugs, Noreen

  4. Our wet spring has started. The melting icicle is a great sign!!

  5. I love the Bobcat pix, they are some of the best I have ever seen. I love that cunning face!
    The beautiful Shyla in the twilight.

    I wish everyone would lose the Anonymous comments. You can moderate but you can also refuse anonymous comments, but not sure how to do it.

    We had a gorgeous day today. We walked to town to get cat food for Zkhat and a bone for Stella. I saw a beautiful woodpecker in my front tree and a zillion robins flying around. I truly hope it lasts!

    Jo, Stella and Zkhat

  6. That Bobcat is just magnificent. It is always exciting to wait and see what lies beneath the snow. It holds such beauty.

  7. So fun to see the bobcat in the snow. I love the silhouettes of Shyla.


  8. I've never seen a Bobcat in the wild. Wonderful pictures...:)

  9. I love seeing the bobcats! You all must be ready for spring with all that snow you've told us about lately. We did have really warm days but had flurries last night and again this afternoon.

    Any plans for Shyla's first spring in the mountains?

  10. We always love those wild animal photos, you're so fortunate to be able to capture them.

    XXXOOO Daisy,Bella & Roxy

  11. Wow, you are getting bombarded with some bizarre anonymous comments.

    Love the bobcat - he looks so furry. We finally got some sun today and 50s. It was a nice break from all the rain.

    Those photos of Shyla are beautiful, as are all of the others too.

  12. Sorry to everyone that those anonymous comments got through while I was away from my computer. I hate to ban anonymous comments because I have a few wonderful commenters who use "anonymous". If "Ann from the Outer Banks" or others who sometimes use "anonymous" read this - Would you mind emailing me at kynabear5 at gmail? Perhaps we could work something out so that you don't need to be anonymous and then I can ban the spammers. Thanks!

  13. A first Colorado spring . How wonderful.

  14. Such beautiful animals. I find that you really can see the link between wild cats and domestic ones, particularly in the features of their face, much moreso than the resemblance between wild dogs and domestic ones.

    Love the Shyla sihlouettes!

  15. That bobcat sure has big feet! Gorgeous photos, KB!

    Love ya lots,
    Mitch and Molly

  16. I will be enjoying my first spring with you too! Lead the way, Shyla.

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