Although the moon appeared to be full, nothing howled at it all night, not even the neighborhood dogs. I've been thinking how long it has been since I last heard coyotes in the neighborhood. They used to visit the orchard frequently, before houses were built in the field behind it. It only took a few houses to discourage them. I'd have though that coyotes would be more persistent. In other places, they walk down the public streets in daylight. Here, they all seem to stay well clear of the houses. Unless, of course, they are stealing in silently, slipping through the shadows unsuspected. If so, I think I liked it better when they used to howl.