Awhile back I did a Wisdom Wednesday quote from William deBuys’s wonderful book, The Walk, about coyotes. Cindy Morris Saenz Baltazar, a reader of the blog from the very beginning, said that it would be great to hear the coyotes as I do from my land. So I decided I was going to record them for the blog. Not as easy to do as I’d thought, I’m afraid. The minute they hear/sense me or the dogs they shut up. And the dogs go on alert if I grab the camera and head outside.
But I thought I had them tonight. I was out on the deck taking photos of a beautiful storm coming in when they took up a howl. So I turned on the video recorder on my camera. Unfortunately, there was a lot of wind noise in all of the first recordings rendering them useless.
The next problem was that the boys were outside and they decided to take off after the pack. Of course that shut down my recording! I called them back and Kelee came, but we had to go out on the land grant to retrieve Finn. Luckily, with a little coaxing, he came too. But all of that yelling for the dogs silenced the coyotes.
However, just as we arrived back at the house, the chorus took up again. Finn was right by me so I grabbed his collar. I told Kelee to stay and he did, so I turned on the video camera to catch the coyotes’ song. It was going well for a few seconds until Finn pulled out of his collar and took off after them. I turned off the recorder and screamed at him to come back. Amazingly, he did. And Kelee STAYED! GOOD DOGS! I hustled them inside and recorded a little more from the house.
So I have a very short recording to offer you, but I thought it might be pretty cool anyway. Here you go, Cindy—a pack of coyotes singing in the northern mountains of New Mexico—just for you…
Love to you all,