No, I'm not going to quote a poem by Shakespeare. I'm not referring to a play by Edward Albee. I'm not even going to talk about our friend Chuck's wife.
Do you remember the fox I saw a few weeks ago that trotted across the field? Well, before I left on the last hike, it wandered right across the back yard! I pulled the SD card out of the computer, ran for the camera and the door. Of course that got Maggie barking, and the fox was long gone before I got there.
Two days later... there it was again! Same MO as above, I quick tried to snap a shot through the deck door. You can see how that turned out.
So I figured that was the end of that. But I went out the front door quietly and eased around the corner of the house. Here's what I saw.
Pretty awesome, eh? Of course she immediately realized that I was watching her.
We stood there looking at each other for several minutes. She seemed more cautious than afraid. Finally, almost casually, she turned and left the yard, using one of my trails.
She had to have a name! So I chose Sylvia, "of the woods." And I even know what lured her into the yard. She was nosing around one of the holes to the burrow of those little 13-lined ground squirrels. I think she probably has kits somewhere and was hunting hard to bring home a meal. She didn't catch one right then, but as cute as the little squirrels are, they are making swiss cheese of my lawn, and a few less would not be a problem!
I actually feel honored to have a fox right in my yard, and to have looked her in the face. Hope you enjoy her, too!
|See Dandelion Syrup and a Great Surprise for my first encounter with this fox. |
See Winner for a picture of the 13-lined Ground Squirrel
See Peabody's Great, Great, Great for more about the ground squirrel