The Christmas Fox
It is the day before Crhistmas, sometimes known as Christmas Eve, although it i still morning as I write this, and my lovely wife's Birthday (Happy Birthday Sue!).
As always, the first thing I do once I get up in the morning is take the doggies out for a morning walk. This morning had an interesting surprise instore for us. Once we hit the road (about 500' from the house) we started to head west, towards one edge of the property, and the doggies taking care of thier morning business as well as sniffing verything out. It was about 20 degrees without the wind chill, so a bit colder than that, once you figure the wind chill in.
There was sudden movement in the clump of trees that corners the property. suddenly, a red fox burst out of the grass and began to run across the field away from of. Of course, this caught Tasha's undivided attention as she wanted to give chase and meet this new, potential, friend.
The fox ran about a hundred yards or so, then stopped to check for pursuit. Seeing we were not following, he decided it was safe, and laid don in the middle of the field for a bit. After deciding he was really safe, he headed off towards the woods that line the river and eventually disappeared from view.
Now, normally, I'd be going "rats" about not having a camera with me. But, let's face it, even if I had my camera, there is no way I could have gotten it out fast enough to snap any pictures.
There is a fair population of foxes out here, including at least one den about a half a mile from the house. I am guessing that's where this one lives.
all in all, a fun start to my wife's Birthday (even though she wasn't with me on the walk), and a great start for this very Holy weekend.