Red Fox Visitor
On the Hunt.
It was already full daylight when I saw this red fox on the prowl. Determined to find his own breakfast in my yard, he kept sniffing round and round atop the woodpile.
He even went up under the tarp, but he moved so fast, I couldn't catch that on my camera.
Fox ran from side to side, jumped down, ran around, and kept sniffing.
When I saw him go up under the tarp, I was surprised.
Hattie, formerly feral cat now in spirit, once told me that hiding in a pile of wood was a good way to be safe from predators.
When I used to do lost animal work, cats would sometimes show themselves hiding inside piles of wood, either in the woods or someone's back yard.
But this fox, totally focused on the scent his capable nose was eagerly following, was undeterred by the woodpile.
Was he just surveying the situation from another angle?
Or was he being "foxy?"
By moving away as though he had given up, he allowed his prey to think he might have gone.
With hawk-like precision, with nose fully active, he waited expectantly for the prey to make a break for it.
And a grey squirrel did emerge from the other side of the pile and run up a tree to safety.
Not at all deterred by this, the fox continued to check out the woodpile.
Because he was so focused on his hunt, I didn't try to speak to the fox until after he left, using these photos as a way to connect. But he was still hungry and still focused on breakfast, and didn't have any interest in speaking with me.
Meanwhile, I used his presence to educate my two young cats, Starlight and Melissa. I made sure they were looking out the window while the hunt went on and explained that they could each be a substantial breakfast for this or any other fox.
Both young cats were fascinated by him.
STARLIGHT: I get it. I don't want to go out there while the fox is around. But I'll have to get his scent to really identify him.
MELISSA: He's beautiful, but I'll bet he can't catch me. I can jump higher than he can.