I guess you could say that the year 2016 has started out at our house with kinda a "bang". As I was standing in the kitchen preparing our New Years day supper I was also watching our feeding stations for the purpose of doing a eBird report. The yard was filled with our locals including the Hermit Thrush and "George" our lonesome grackle whom was joyfully tearing my suet ball to shreds. All of the sudden all the birds spooked and left except the grackle. I quickly looked around to see it there was any flying predators about such as a Merlin or Shrike, but none could be seen. I then looked under the suet feeder and behold, spied this character wistfully looking up at "George" and the suet. I grabbed my camera an took a few shots and at the same time the grackle spied what was under him. To say he left in a bit of a hurry would be an understatement. The big cat tried to leap up and knock the suet down unsuccessfully, but he did happen to catch a claw on one side of the station and tore it a bit. Unable to grab a quick snack he proceeded to prowl around the back of our property for a few minutes before retreating to the safety of the conservation area behind our house. In the past we have had mice, rats, coons, deer, fox, a couple of bears patrol or partake of our feeding stations but this is the first time we've had a Bobcat. He sure was a beautiful animal, altough I would prefer that he stays away. I took a few pics of him while he was with us but they aren't too good. It was heavy overcast with snow showers at the time making for very poor lighting. Sure wish the sun would have come out for just a minute but alas, that never happens, does it??? Also doesn't help having to shot through a window.
Linda and Ron Johnston
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada
PS - About 15 min after the Bobcat left, "George" reappeared, takes more than a big cat to keep him off his suet ball.