Note to self: endeavour to bring the camera on the walks. The morning walk began as usual, dropped my basket of dishes and French press in the house entryway, attached Murphy’s leash and headed down the hill. There is sun today to melt wherever it shines but ice in the wind coming out of the west.
At the bottom of the drive I stopped at my neighbour’s because, not 8 meters from me and under one of her numerous bird feeders was a beautiful red fox. The fox stood still for long enough that if I had had my camera I could have taken several shots. Murphy had no view because of the ploughed up snow by the driveway so I didn’t have to struggle to hold him and we stood in the road for a couple of minutes until it moved off to the nearby row of apple trees and crouched down. I still had a good view so we stayed in place. My neighbour feeds the birds throughout the year in an over-the-top way so as well as having way too many birds than is natural in her bit of woods, her place attracts squirrels and mice in abundance and other critters and the predators to hunt them.
As I watched, a grey squirrel ventured too close to the fox and she leaped and grabbed and disappeared below the hill. Half a minute later I could see her streaking for the woods at the bottom of the field, hopefully successful at reducing the squirrel population by one. Good to see the fox looking so good after this long and cold winter. Good hunting.