One evening as I was getting set up for more attempts at imaging, suddenly I found some rather distracting light in my area.
Looking around, it was a porch light on a side door of my neighbors house. Odd, I thought, because they both work nights (graveyard shifts) and are all in bed early. I swung around to see what might have triggered the light and was greeted by two glowing red orbs on the top of the block wall.
A small body with a tail about twice as long froze and took in this red eyed cyclops at the back of the bathroom staring at it. It turns and hightailed it back toward the front of the houses.
Later that night when I was going out to gather in my equipment, as I walked out the back doors something caught my attention across the yard and I thought, "What did the grandkids leave out that would reflect my headlight?"
Then the glowing objects reappeared on the retaining wall planter, moved South several more feet, moved again, at which point I remembered my laser in my pocket I use mostly to harass any rats I see about the back wall.
So I lased this hapless critter trying to evade the red eyed cyclops that had startled it.
Apparently I hit it in an eye and it crashed into the gate getting away with a clatter and a clang.
The next day I decided to use my covert surveillance camera that uses IR to catch movement in front of it. I was soon rewarded with images nearly every night.
Including who the culprit was that was leaving me little cat sized stools to clean up each day.
So, the mystery of a baby coyote on my neighbors roof bore out to be a traveling baby fox on her foraging trek hunting.
She's grown into her tail now. And usually only offers shots of her curiosity of the camera mounted to a small patio chair side table, and her offerings for her trespass across the yard. The only thing she carries with her...poop.
About a week ago now, she posed with 5 pictures of her proving her worth, her catch for the night, a nice big rodent. (Likely a rat)
So we have a new "Dog" in our yard, offering her poops as penitence as she comes and goes. I have no need nor desire to alter her travels, nor to trap and relocate her. I'm just observing this latest addition to my Astrophotography endeavors.
One of my neighbors use to complain our Ivy wall covering was a rat attractor. So while we were remodeling the back yard, I spent several weeks removing the "Ivy" that had grown wild from the drainage channel behind us.
Now, about a year later, I have only an occasional sighting of a rodent making it's way along the top of the back wall. But I have a natural rat control I never have to feed or water, but clean up a turd now and then.
She doesn't come around if I'm about at the telescope. And only has interest in a rat (from the neighbors back fence) for a meal.
These shenanigans have been going on for a bit over a month now.
I like to think Speedy (Sleepy Dog) would approve of this new creature passing through his domain if he was still here.
The Grandkids and I have named her Georgianna, lengthened from George before I could identify her sexuallity.
I don't mind sharing the yard with her. I suspect she will move on as she matures and becomes a more proficient forager.
But for now, something fun to watch for under the cold clear skies as the telescope works to bring down some heavenly views of the Universe.