Monday, September 13, 2010
I don't sleep well these days now that I am 9 months pregnant. I wake up every few hours to pee and then have a difficult time falling back asleep. Well last night, I was up around midnight to pee and take some Tums (the lasagna dinner gave me horrible heartburn). As I was laying in bed trying to fall back asleep, I suddenly heard coyotes howling very close by! We hear them occasionally from a distance. Once in awhile if we are out in the barn at night, we can hear them come as close as the corn field that butts up to our alpaca pastures...but last night....I swear they were right in our yard! Rozalyn heard them too of course and started barking and running to look out all the window. Roz and I woke Noah up and I told him I swear there were coyotes in the yard! We listened for a few more minutes and did not hear anything else. I assumed that if they got too close to the alpaca pasture, the alpacas would start doing their warning call (which sounds sort of like a donkey braying). They do this warning call when they see almost anything foreign in our yard, including porcupines, raccoons, opossums, etc. I kept waiting for a warning call, but heard nothing and Noah and Roz fell back asleep. Then about 20 minutes later, I heard it again, but it sounded further away. Noah got up this time and grabbed a flashlight and headed out to the barn just to check on everyone. The pacas, cat, chickens, and ducks were all fine and seemed relaxed and not alarmed at all. When he came in the house, he said it sounded like the coyotes we 1/4 mile down from our house and across the street. He said he could hear a dog barking from that direction too. They didn't howl for long and I eventually fell back asleep, but had nightmares about howling werewolves the rest of the night! I at least feel comforted to know that coyotes would have a difficult time getting into our alpaca pastures with our tall fences (they would have to dig under). Some of our alpacas will attack our huge great danes by kicking, spitting, huffing and stomping at them, so I can imagine they would take on a much smaller coyote to protect themselves and their cria. I think it would take a large, really desperate and hungry pack of coyotes to do any harm to our alpacas. Luckily, we have tons of smaller and easier prey for them to hunt here in Grant. I think the first time I heard them, they were probably across the street in front of our house; in the future, hopefully they will stay far away from our farm.
Posted by Mother Robinson at 11:55 AM