Dawn on the Pasture



When I arrived yesterday to change my irrigation water, a coyote was nonchalantly studying these cows and calves from just outside the fence. The cow beneath the Valley Oak was lying close to her calf, hours old. The cows, of course, knew he was there well before I did. Taking an indirect approach, coyotes will gradually work their way among the cattle acting preoccupied and harmless until they become familiar to a bunch, all the while looking for any weakness among the calves—hence the Trickster moniker.

We have completed our first month of calving and pleased with 50% of our calves on the ground, a bright spot in the middle of this drought, though our total cow numbers have been reduced by half these past four years. This is the third calf for this particular bunch of cows bred by Vintage Angus bulls.



As the light turns softer and shadows longer, early mornings can be rewarding with lots of wildlife this time of year, especially where there is water. About twenty Canadian Geese are stripping the ripe seed of the water grass elsewhere in the pasture and our little bunch of wild turkeys, that are becoming used to me and the Kubota, are rummaging for bugs where I’ve completed my irrigation.

I take my camera, never knowing what I’ll see.


3 responses to “Dawn on the Pasture

  1. Although often taken for granted, green really is a very nice color.


  2. The coyotes here at Deep Springs were blamed for a massacre of turkeys being feed up for Thanksgiving. Seven out of fifteen were killed at night and at dawn the coyotes were caught carrying the birds away. Now after consideration and views of a large bobcat recently were pretty sure it was the cat who did the wonton killing. The coyotes just didn’t know to stop carrying the birds away after daylight – busted!

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    • Coyotes, as much for their ‘tricky’ behavior as anything else, get blamed for more than they’re really responsible for. We, as humans, tend to jump to quick conclusions rather than waste time investigating.


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