A black as night tom cat. I know he's a tom, once you know what a tom smells like when he marks it stays with you. This handsome dark stranger has slightly longer hair than the usual domestic shorthair variety, a very fluffy tail, more so when we had a mutual startle moment this morning. He was obviously trying to get away from the barn and I took a different route and stumbled on him crouched and waiting for a clear shot across the driveway. The flash of eyes, I jumped and gasped, he shot out right in front of me and poof gone into the darkness. The body reacts before the brain kicks in. It took me a second to recognize what it was.
I don't know if he'll stick around. Both Buzz and Juno are kind hosts, having come from feral cat colonies and use to other cats around. I have been weaning them off of the heavy winter feedings and giving them pretty much what they can eat in a sitting. They are, after all, suppose to be working barn cats! In any event, if he stays we'll have to try to catch him for neutering and shots and then re-release. This boy seems truly feral. The one time I came face to face with him in the daylight, he hissed and growled before he gave ground. We've dubbed him Puck.