Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Rusty and Ready

Spring is teasing today. Weather is almost warm even though the skies are slate gray. The songbirds are checking out some new houses that we got as holiday gifts and that we put up a day ago. Some animal has dragged the suet away from its fishing line across an outside part of the deck. This is the third time, and it means we probably will no longer hang out more suet even if we can find the wire cage somewhere down the ravine.

A few weeks ago the weather was crisp but dry and sunny.  I glanced out my bedroom window and in the rust-colored grasses I saw movement.  I had to squint my old eyes, but sure enough, there was a healthy looking fox.



I took photos with my camera, but my window was angled and I was afraid to open it and frighten him away.



When I checked my photos and then looked back he had been joined by another.  They sniffed and kissed and nipped and made small sounds for quite some time.



They were so lovely and I am sure that the brambles just up the way are going to be the cover for a den under a large tree trunk that fell years ago.  I have mixed feelings because I think this is also where the deer gives birth to her fawns.



I worked on the photo above to sharpen it and give it some energy.  You may remember that I wrote about these two a few months ago after the newly fallen carpet of white snow when they were running and jumping and actually almost ran into me before they recognized I was human.

10 comments:

joeh said...

The deer will find a place, a few kits around the yard will be fun.

Bob Bushell said...

Absolutely stunning pictures of the Foxes.

Marie Smith said...

Wonderful photos of your foxy neighbours, Tabor. It is an interesting neighbourhood.

messymimi said...

They are beautiful, and if they take the place where the deer used to be, the deer will find cover. It happens, as i am sure you know.

Red said...

There's much to know about foxes. I hope they do den close to you and that you can observe them.

Linda Reeder said...

Oh, how wonderful to have such beautiful neighbors!

ellen abbott said...

I echo everyone else. would love to see some but no foxes here oe chipmunks either for that matter. deer but not near me.

Snaggle Tooth said...

Good pics even thru the window! Like the sharpened one's expressions looking at you.
Maybe you can get pup pics!

We have many scraggely foxes in our neighborhood, many posted on fb. Coyotes n mixed ones I have seen coming home from work pre-dawn. The stray cats are dwindling We noticed.

thelma said...

Have never seen foxes here in our village, strong hunting country sadly. The country fox can be good looking the town fox less so, I presume because of disease. In Bath we had them in the garden and I have a lovely photo of my son stroking one. This fox was very tame and would come and sit by the caged Angora rabbits - I wonder why;)

Pauline said...

There were numerous foxes about when I was a child here but I have only seen two or three in the meadows over the past several years. I once watched foxes dancing in the moonlight, their fur silvered, their mouths laughing. I've never forgotten it.