Suburban foxes are not simply tame towards men. They are also damn supercilious. One pads amongst the azaleas in our garden at night, staring through the lounge windows to watch the News at Ten.
– Richard Gordon –
Tracks in the snow – an animal telling a story – if the photographer can figure out who left them. I found these tracks in late February, but I didn’t discover who the owner was until this past week-end. Now I think they belong to the Red Fox, Vulpes vulpes. See the four toes with the claw marks on top of two of the toes? The heel pad is the triangular shaped part on the right side of the print. Research says this is likely a fox track. (But it could be a dog or coyote track – I’m not an expert on this!)
You might remember that two week-ends ago we had a Coyote inside our yard (Flat Stanley goes to the Zoo.) This past week-end, it was a Red Fox.
Foxes are primarily nocturnal, which is why we see them so rarely. However, early this past Saturday morning we saw a single fox sprinting across our yard. When it got to the frozen black dirt of the vegetable garden, it was met by a second fox. They rolled in the dirt for a brief minute, then as suddenly as they had appeared, they were gone. The next morning, a single fox repeated the same behaviour – across the yard at a gallop, a quick loop through the garden, and then it was gone. A single fox passed by the fence on the third morning, but this time it didn’t come in the yard. I checked the clock – 7:20 AM.
Clearly there is a hole in the fence somewhere! It didn’t take too long to find it. The breach is well hidden with a hedge on one side of the fence and spruce trees on the other – a perfect private portal into the Gardeners Yard.
Now what? Do we plug the hole or not? We’ll have to think carefully about the pros and cons of coyotes and foxes inside the yard!