Today, I took the kids to the library and afterward, we went for a walk at Blacklick Woods Metro Park. I decided not to bring my camera because I didn't want to leave it in the car while we were at the library and I didn't want to mess with bringing it in. I figured we were just going for a short walk in the woods, chances are there wouldn't be too much to see.
I was very wrong about that. About halfway through our walk, a scuffle just off the path caught my attention. At first, I thought it was a couple of birds fighting & chasing after each other. But as we watched, it appeared to be a bobcat catching a bird! I know how crazy that sounds! Bobcats are rare in Ohio, and this is a metro park in a suburb of Columbus. Here is an interesting article about the bobcat population in the state.
Anyway, I got a pretty good look at it and it sure looked like a bobcat to me. What a great opportunity to get a picture - even a bad picture would've been golden - of a rare big cat native to the state. Oh, yeah, that's right....I was camera-less! I am really kicking myself and have vowed to never go anywhere without my Nikon again!
My 4 year old also got a pretty good look at it, but she doesn't really know what a bobcat is vs. a domestic house cat. We went to the nature center after our hike and I asked the naturalist about it. He thought maybe we saw a domestic cat that lives in the park - he said there is one that looks like a wild cat and has lost part of its tail. That is certainly a possibility that I'm not ruling out. I just wish I had gotten a picture of it so that I would know for certain!
Have a nice Friday!