Apples, Blackberries and Pears, Oh My!

This fella found quite a smorgasbord this morning, all within the space of about 4 square feet! He must have been in coyote heaven. Right after he had picked up and eaten some voles without expending much effort, he walked just a couple of feet to a patch of fruit. There were blackberries, apples and pears either on the vines and trees which he could reach, or just lying around on the ground where they had fallen. I watched him eat one and then another and then another and . . .

He ate for a long time. He ate standing most of the time, but for a while he ate lying down in the cool ivy under the fruit trees. He crunched through the apples and pears the way we would, chomping on mouthfuls at a time, and sometimes taking bites that were too big so that part of the fruit fell to the ground. Then he got up and walked away. There was still plenty of fruit left lying on the ground by the time he departed, so I guess he had his fill!

As he ate, he kept his eyes up, high above himself, and on the lookout constantly. I wondered what was going on above him!? I never did figure it out for sure. It crossed my mind that at one time he may have been hit by falling fruit — a la Chicken Little. I have seen gum nuts fall off of Eucalyptus trees which startled coyotes enough to make them run. Or, it could have been a waving tree branch which he was wary of. Coyotes appear not to like things moving over themselves.

 

Meets Marshmallow

Coyotes are known to be opportunistic eaters: they can eat almost any food that is available. Well, today I watched a coyote find a marshmallow leftover from a family cookout. It had been roasted and had a thin singed crust on one side, but otherwise the plump marshmallow looked okay. The coyote found it, sniffed it, and picked it up, seeming enthusiastic about trying it: “Hmmm, something new!”

I took a picture of the marshmallow after the coyote left

I took a picture of the marshmallow after the coyote left

But quickly the coyote discovered something he didn’t like about this food — its stickiness. As I watched, the coyote tried to unstick it from his mouth, but it took some effort — the melted sugar was like glue that wouldn’t let go. Finally he got it off his mouth and let it fall to the ground, and then he walked quickly on.  “YUCK!”  Roasted marshmallow was not going to be one of his diet items!

Please see another, fascinating, and very different story about marshmallows, written by, and posted on, Out Walking The Dog.

Sugar And Spice. Oh, No!!

Oh No!! I caught this coyote eating sugar. I suppose sugar spices up everyone’s diet, because the coyote appeared to like it. But lapping up M&M’s that are left out after a picnic is not healthy for them. Who is going to take care of their cavities? Also, the problem is that the coyote will be returning to the picnic area for more treats of this kind. Not only will the coyote be eating food that is bad for it, but it will be returning to a place frequented by people. Please clean up after yourself after any kind of outing or a picnic. Notice that when the coyote was through, it marked the area as belonging to itself!

Coyote In A Trash Can

Did you ever approach a normal looking garbage can, only to then see first a head and then the entire body of a coyote jump out? THAT might surprise anyone, even if it is in a park!  No photo, just the snippet of behavior.