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Sunday Morning Surprise

Coyote in my back yard, Tucson, AZ

I was just leaving for church this morning when I looked out into the back yard, and was surprised to see this coyote walk up out of the arroyo to get a drink from my drip irrigation system.

She wasn't looking my way, so I grabbed the camera, softly slid the sliding glass door open just enough to clear the lens, and whistled softly.

Her head came up and around toward the sound, and her ears followed.  You can see the least little blur on the ears as they tracked toward me.

Unconcerned, she finished drinking, walked into the neighbors yard and back into the arroyo.


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Comment balloon 48 commentsMike Jones • July 13 2009 05:04AM


Mike, That's neat when you get to see nature close up like that. Good shot.

Posted by Terry Chenier (Homelife Glenayre Realty) over 11 years ago

If you could figure out a way to monetize your amazing photos...

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Great catch, Mike.  That's one of the great things about were we both live... you can never tell what we'll see as we step out the door. 

Posted by Jesse & Kathy Clifton, Retired (Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORS®) over 11 years ago

She is beautiful.  We had a family of coyotes behind our house last year.  I'm not a big fan of Coyotes as they have killed several of my cats, but they were just doing what they do.  Still it was fun watching the family play together.  The father was huge and kinda scarey - the babys would slip through our fence and drink water. 

To Margarets comment - have you considered putting your photos on Shutterpoint?  When I can't take my own photos I will often buy from Shutterpoint so that I'm not violating copyrite.  

Sell Photos on Shutterpoint


Posted by Kate Bourland, Onlilne Marketing Mobile Marketing (Marketing with Kate) over 11 years ago

Lovely.  A wonderful combination of content, words and picture.  Very engaging.


When I try to slide the back door open, the deer in my yard spook quickly and are quickly gone.  If I can't get a shot through the sunroom window, I can't get a shot. 


Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 11 years ago

A good example of natural beauty displayed in your back yard. . .you must have enjoyed tremendously.

Great shot!

Posted by Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA (Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001) over 11 years ago

Cool photo, Mike!

Glad my 11 pound Pekes weren't out there - they would have been breakfast!


Posted by Dean Moss, Dean's Team Chicago IL Real Estate Team (Dean's Team - Keller Williams Realty Partners Chicago IL) over 11 years ago

Im  sure that in your area these guys show up often. South Carolina is getting a population problem in some counties with yotes.

Posted by Chip Jefferson (Gibbs Realty and Auction Company) over 11 years ago

Nice pic mike.  I'm, in Kettering Ohio and you'd think that the wildest critter we'd have in our city is a squirrel. Well, seems we have coyotes too.  They're everywhere and seem to like domestic cats as a snack. Sue and I were driving down a busy road in Dayton yesterday and a deer and two fawn were stopping traffic while they strolled across the street.  And. get this, a black bear has been sighted by residents and local authorities in the area.  What's next, elephant's?

Posted by Bob Whigham (RE/MAX Ultimate) over 11 years ago

Terrific Mike!  I've tried (like Lenn) to get some pics of the deer that come right close here in NC but they scoot too quickly.  Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Lee & Pamela St. Peter, Making Connections to Success in Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522) over 11 years ago

Mike - as always .... stunning!  We have lots of coyotes here, especially since we are near the river.  Lots of times you will see them chasing the deer up from the river, you'll hear lots of crashing in the woods and then silence.  I don't like to think about it much after that.  :(  But it's all part of the balance of nature, I guess.  Thanks for sharing this girl with us.  She's wildly beautiful!

Posted by Carol Smith (Casmi Photography) over 11 years ago

Great shot Mike!

Coyotes remind me of some people, good looking, resourceful, they act without thinking, they are cowards individually, dangerous in groups.


Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) over 11 years ago

This is beautiful. Thanks for sharing

Posted by Dan & Rachael Polakovic with The Team, London Ontario Real Estate Professionals (Realty Executives Elite Ltd Brokerage) over 11 years ago

Great story & picture to start the week!

Posted by Jen Anderson (Exit By the Bay Realty) over 11 years ago

Coyotes are beautiful, and it was great that you got a chance to get an up close shot like that. She seemed to be smilng! Thanks.

Posted by William James Walton Sr., Greater Waterbury Real Estate (WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group) over 11 years ago

I just saw a coyote over the weekend at my parent's place but never could get close enough to get a picture like that. Great job!

Posted by Home Loan Search.Online (Home Loan Search Online) over 11 years ago

Thats pretty awesome, but I dont think I would want one of those hanging out in my backyard!!!! ;D

Posted by Kayla Pearce, Real Estate Agent - Milford Delaware (First Class Properties) over 11 years ago

It the face of your adversity, you find beauty. I know that there is a metaphor there to be found.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) over 11 years ago

Great photo!  It's wonderful how catching a glimpse of nature is so amazing.  Thanks for sharing it with us.

Posted by Yvette Gardner (Keller Williams Realty, Spartanburg, SC) over 11 years ago

Mike - I enjoy your photography.  This was a nice Monday morning treat for me to see here on AR.

Posted by Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL (RE/MAX Professionals) over 11 years ago

Good morning Mike,

Wow, nice surprise for sure. Love the picture, love nature and would like to see more.

I live in a very nice area of seacoast NH right by the Atlantic ocean, it is beautiful to watch the sun rise and set over ther Atlantic (Portsmouth /Hampton/Exeter area) and we do see fox and deer from time to time

which is delightful to see.

THanks for sharing today, Take good care.

Patricia Aulson/portsmouth NH real estate

Posted by Patricia Aulson, Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes (BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate ) over 11 years ago


It is good to know that a wild animal knows who to fear and who not.  Thank you for this photo.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) over 11 years ago

Mike. This was an excellent post..short, to the point, and great photography.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate over 11 years ago

Mike.  Awesome picture!  Sounds like one of those experiences where all the magic comes together and makes for a very cool moment in life.

Great post!

Posted by Bob Haywood, BobHaywood.com (McGraw Realtors) over 11 years ago

Great shot

Posted by Cheryl Tittle, Home Buying and Selling in Lake County (R.E.I.T. Homes) over 11 years ago

Wow, Mike, what a GREAT shot. Glad you were close but far enough away! :-)

Posted by Marney Kirk, Towson, Maryland Real Estate (Cummings & Co. Realtors) over 11 years ago

Mike: Wow, very nice shot of the coyote... When I lived in (more rural) Newcastle, WA in May Valley, we use to have all kinds of critters come up out of the ravine into our yard. 

Posted by Rene Fabre, Marketing in the Digital Age (First American Title) over 11 years ago

Wonderful photo Mike.  I get deer every now and again, much less now that I have big dogs.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 11 years ago

Great picture.

Posted by Nicholas Goraczkowski, Your Mortgage Resource - (720) 83-RATES over 11 years ago


You are the luckiest dang photographer east of the Pacific...!!! Great pic! Thanks,   Fran

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) over 11 years ago

     Thanks for sharing. I love to start my early mornings with nature! I don't see many furry critters except squirrels and the neighbors cats wandering through my yard here ion the Space Coast of Florida, but the feathered variety are awesome! My late husband taught the gorls a real appreciation for nature as well. They all have their Birding Books and love identifying them.

     Me? I mostly like to watch them as I sip my morning coffee or afternoon iced tea and enjoy their songs and flights. Feeding them is part of my daily life. Hearing or seeing a new one is a real event to be cherished and noted in my journal. Besides the Cardinals, Jays, Woodies(Flicker) and Mockingbirds who usually arrive, we get a seasonal trail of visitors.

     Every morning, and about 4-4:30 each afternoon, a flock of 11 Ibis tiptoe through my side yard  on their coming and going trips, searching for snacks/bugs among the grass. Occasional hawks, hummingbirds and herons, and various small birds pass through as well. Some days it is hard getting back to work! ;-)

Posted by Pat Argo, CRS (Keller Williams Realty of Brevard) over 11 years ago

What a nice moment to be able to capture, Mike!  I love to listen to them howl at night where I live.  I'm glad they can't get in my yard, though...I would really miss my little puppy if he were to be gobbled up :)

Posted by Amy O'Laughlin over 11 years ago

Mike, Wow - what a moment!  I love nature and animals and taking photos. Thanks for sharing this!

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, Probate Real Estate (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) over 11 years ago


You get the best shots! I can't believe this one is right out your door! Congrats on the new rating of Ambassador!!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899) over 11 years ago

Mike, I love that you have nature all around you to see first thing in the morning. You take the nicest photos!

Posted by Connie Harvey, Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate (Pilkerton Realtors) over 11 years ago

Mike - I think you have inspired me to begin sharing stories & photos now.  So here goes.  I snapped this shot of a tame little raccoon family at my mother-in-law's house a couple days ago.  They are much easier to catch on film than a coyote, I imagine.  They act like they own the place! And the one on the right smiled for the camera... City raccoons live the life of riley I suppose.

Raccoons in University Place, WA - taken by Matt Sweet

Posted by Matt Sweet (Ticor Title) over 11 years ago

Hey Mike, she must have liked your whistle. Looks like you are standing right next to her. Kate

Posted by Kate Kate over 11 years ago

Well done, Mike. She's a beauty.

Posted by Karen Cooper, Helping Homeowners w/Home Loans in 27 US States (Karen Cooper | Sr Retail Loan Originator ! NMLS # 223305 | 360 Mortgage Group LLC Austin Texas) over 11 years ago

I guess we shouldn't get so excited when a squirrel stops at out bird feeder. We are to close to civilization to have a coyote stop by. Thanks for sharing the photo.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) over 11 years ago


This post got away from me, and I didn't get to do my usual response to each of you.  I hope you'll overlook the faux pas and continue to stop by my blog!  LOL with appreciation for your kindness,

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

GOOD MORNING MIKE!  The photos you take of a Tucson critter always seem to catch them looking very happy! -- Gab

Posted by Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind, Broker/Owner (KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Another amazing shot.  It looks like you were real close.  The closest I've ever gotten to a coyote was when I was chasing one down the street with a shovel in my hands!  It was carrying away one of our cats.  Fortunately, I scared it enough that it dropped our cat and took off.

Posted by Bruce Brockmeier, Coached By Crouch (Internet Marketing Consultant to REALTORS®) over 11 years ago

I'm laughing at your comment about the ears being a little blurry...I would consider it to be a fabulously perfect shot if I had taken it Mike!

Posted by Cynthia Bartch over 11 years ago

I understand how you can open a post say... I can't do this ALL day, so consider it fine by me.  Again, thanks for sharing the photo.  I just love it and of course I will continue to stop by your posts.  You take the best pictures.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 11 years ago

What a beautiful shot - he looked at you as if you were in his yard - I guess you were. 

Love you blogs - Hugs, Kathie

Posted by Kathie Morgan over 11 years ago

Mike, she is beautiful but I'm glad it was your back yard and not mine.  We have lost so many cats from our neighborhood and we are pretty sure from coyotes.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 11 years ago


You sure got his attention to get a great photo of his face!   Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.

Gerry's AR signature

Posted by Gerry Khatchikian, ASA, TRC, SFR over 11 years ago


Thanks for commenting; I expect you have these critters in Red Lodge.


Cats are indoor-only pets in Tucson.


I guess I was!  LOL


Sure you can do this all day!  LOL  Thanks for stopping by.


The thing about the photo that taught me something is that the ears were still moving toward me after the coyote's head had stopped moving.  Pretty cool!


Good for you and the coyote posse!


She was well fed, no doubt!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

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