Date: 10/28/18 3:49 pm From: Jeff Gibson <gibsondesign15...> Subject: [Tweeters] Coyote and Roadrunner(s) in Port Townsend
Last night around 9 pm I was in bed minding my own business (trying to read myself to sleep) when two things happened almost simultaneously; First the loud splatting of wind-blown rain hit my window, then I heard the loud wailing and yipping of Coyote! Cool.
Was it Coyote rain complaints or something else? I don't know, not understanding Coyote-speak very well. Whatever it was they said was over with in about 10 seconds. I don't know if there was more than one - sometimes it's hard to tell. It's been a couple of years since I heard any coyotes around here , or seen any for that matter.
So I was glad to hear Coyote again. It was sort of a miracle that I could hear anything really, since I have a head cold and my right ear is largely plugged up, so that only loud sounds get through. Furthermore, this house is super insulated, and has super thermopane windows that not only block heat loss, but sound as well; it can be violently windy out yet one can't hear a thing inside this place. Only when raindrops actually tap on the windows, or the untrimmed Japanese Maple scrapes on the glass, which it did last night. Another sound from outside also sneaks in; the vibration of rainwater gurgling in the tall downspout outside the corner of the room - that's a nice sound.
Anyhoo, I opened the window to hear the Coyote better, but the show was over.I did get my room instantly freshened by a big blast of cool moist air though, much better than the fresheners that are stored in little aerosol cans.
Another loud sound came thru into the house 2 days ago; the call of a California Quail, calling from the deck rail. Quail are what I sometimes refer to locally as Roadrunners, since they do run across roads quite nicely - as I noted the calling Quail's covey of 7 do as they crossed our road to the hedgerow.
In bird world here, the Anna's Hummers are always busy at the big fuchsia bush, a flock of Yellow-rumped Warblers moved through the yard the other day, and our Eagle neighbors are back, and around all the time now.