I went early to the bottom of the Scarborough Bluffs this morning hoping to photograph the sky colours at dawn. Overcast conditions, however, meant that it was all very gray as the sun rose far behind thick clouds.
My trip was not in vain as a coyote appeared and remained very close for quite some time.
The animal seemed quite interested in me and I thought of our cavemen and women ancestors who tamed wolves by feeding them. This led to the evolution of dogs.
Coyotes are a natural part of the urban landscape in Toronto and an important part of the ecosystem as they control rodent and rabbit populations in Toronto. These animals thrive in urban areas because of the abundance of food and shelter available to them.
According to City, there were 798 sightings of coyotes reported in 2017. By the end of 2019, that number had risen to a yearly total of 1257.
The increase may be due to people who put out food for coyotes. Toronto Animal Services asks people to stop feeding wild coyotes. The lives of some cats and dogs may literally depend on it.
Coyotes don’t need handouts from humans to survive —though they’ll take an easy meal wherever they can get one.
Coyotes are 32 – 37 inches in length and weigh between 20 and 50 pounds.
The nose is more pointed and the tail bushier than is normal in dogs.
Coyotes are chiefly nocturnal but may be abroad at any time.
They will eat almost anything animal or vegetable.
A coyote hunting route is normally about 10 miles but they may move up to 100 miles.
Some have lived over 18 years in captivity.
They can run as fast as 60 km an hour for short distances.
Coyotes mate in January – February and have been known to mate with domestic dogs.
On moonlight nights, they can sometimes be heard howling or yipping.
We had a warbler this morning which is rather late in the season for them. I did not get a good look at it and have pieced together an identification for it from these poor photos.
The bird does not have obvious bright white wing bars:
has a yellow throat and belly:
and shows a white eye ring.
These characteristics make it a Nashville Warbler though the latest fall date for a Nashville Warbler in southern Ontario is usually about October 24. One was seen in Oshawa on November 9 in 1952. Here is a better photo from Ken Sproule:
Species list: Canada goose, mallard, American black duck, long-tailed duck, ring-billed gull, herring gull, rock pigeon, hairy woodpecker, downy woodpecker, black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, red-breasted nuthatch, American robin, European starling, common redpoll, Nashville warbler, house sparrow, northern cardinal, American goldfinch, American tree sparrow. (20 species)
The soft November days are here,
The aftermath of blossom’s year. – Sara Louisa Oberholtzer (1841–1930)