Wildlife #2

A few evenings ago I saw a fox prowling through a recently cleared bit of the garden, but my camera was far away, but this afternoon I spotted the fox again, further down the garden and this time I had the camera handy.

A fox in the garden

I shall name the fox Rachel Pickering. Sure, from the photos it looks like I’m stalking her, but she was stalking something in the undergrown so its all part of the great circle of stalking, I feel no guilt.

A fox in the garden

Its a little surprising to see the fox out and about at this time of day, it must have been only 3pm when I spotted her, usually these beasts are nocturnal, then again, she was looking a little rough, maybe she’s having a hard time right now.

A fox in the garden

Maybe she lives nearby, and has a den with cubs and all that.


Wildlife #1

As I’m digging around and kicking over ant hills, I’ve made friends with some of the airborne wildlife in my garden, such as this robin whom I shall call Natalie Patterson.

friendly robin

I first caught her eye when I was demolishing an anthill in the middle of my path, I’d recoiled in terror at the vast carpet of crawlie beasties, Natalie appeared out of nowhere and started hacking away at them.

Robin catching a worm

She’s also a keen hunter in her own right, here she’s found a tasty worm in my future vegetable patch. Although Natalie Patterson is a curvy kind of bird, I think she’s got a nest and some chicks nearby and that’s where she’s taking all the food to.

Robin stood on a stickNatalie takes great pleasure in standing on top of my bramble fence posts. Everyone needs a hobby I guess. I’m not too scared about her falling off as she can fly.

There is a bit of an opportunity here to make a pun about pole-dancing, but I’ll refrain.

I wonder if I can train her to eat out of my hand. Apparently British robins aren’t scared so much by humans, so I’ll have a go.