Friday, July 22, 2011

A New Visitor

These pictures are not good, and I promise I will keep trying to get better ones, but, I thought you'd like to see the newest visitor to my yard.


The woods behind my house used to be home to both red foxes, like this guy, and the rarer grey fox.  Unfortunately, about 10 years ago, a pack of coyotes moved in, and took over the territory.  Soon, all of the foxes were gone.  The coyote decimated the small animal population, and, a few years ago, moved on.  Slowly, the rabbits have been coming back.  And, of course, we know that the squirrel and chipmunk population is booming, thanks, probably, to me.

Last year, I caught a couple of glimpses of a red fox, but only for a couple of weeks, and then he was gone.  This year, about a month ago, this guy started showing up.  I have my fingers crossed that he, or she, will stick around.  It's hard to get a good picture of him, because he is here, then, he is gone.  Last night was the first time that I was able to get my camera, switch it on, and get a couple of quick shots, before he left.  He makes me smile, the way he just bops along.

Watch out, little rodents, you have a predator among you. 

14 comments:

Upupaepops said...

This makes me happy. I shows that your environment can ebb and flow with nature, providing for all as the life cycle permits

texwisgirl said...

yeah, i'm guessing the squirrels are probably safe with him around as he's probably more interested in the chippies. how cool that you get to see him!!!

Sharon said...

He/she is pretty! I see them every so often when I am driving - they are in the ditch or off in a field. Neat that he/she got close enough for a picture. Wonder if you hung out a frozen chicken leg, if it would eat it, or if it only eats living things? Good catch!

Liesl said...

He is awesome! Lucky you to have him gracing your garden!! whoo hoo!

Samantha said...

Amazing!
The only fox I've ever seen was a skinny, mangy looking thing. :(

Madi and Mom said...

WOW what a treat...he must have heard a nice lady lives in the house so he just had to come for a visit. Enjoy...
We are IN FOR THE DAY here. Except for checking the mai and we'll flip a coin to see who has to do that. LOL
Hugs C

chookgoesbokk said...

beautiful with a dash of magic. lucky you.

Vicki Lane said...

I love foxes -- even though they've been hard on our chickens at time. You did great to catch this pic.

Sandra said...

You are one lucky lady and obviously emanating a whole lot of positive energy for having such splendid visitors.

Terry said...

Very nice! But please tell him to stay away from the turkeys.

Dreaming said...

Oh my, the squirrels and chipmunks better be on guard!
Even though the shots aren't great, I'm so glad that you shared. I love seeing fox!

missing moments said...

Oh, how lucky for your to spot him! Always dislike any animal being hunted by another ... but it has to be!

KB said...

Isn't it cool that the fox found its way to your yard? You must have been so excited to spot him, although I bet that lots of other animals weren't so happy! I hope that you get another glimpse of him!

Horsin' Around said...

Wow! You have the best backyard ever! Hope you are holding up under this heatwave.