Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Nocturnal Ramblings

I have been awake since 3.45 am and was quite determined not to get up this time.

Listening to the night noises and trying to identify them filled a lot of the time, until about a half hour ago when a scrabbling sound got me out of bed and opening the window.

In the front garden about 10 feet from my nose was a huge fox with a really big bushy tale.

He (or she) looked up at me and trotted off up toward the railway, in no hurry and not one jot bothered by my intrusion into his busy foraging.

What he could find to eat is a mystery - one I'd rather not investigate too closely - but he was clearly quite at home.

The very faded picture at the top is of the fox I saw a couple of years ago near my back door eating what I had thrown out for the birds.

Tonight's visitor was very much larger and I suppose I was lucky to see it, but it made me wonder just how many other creatures wander freely up and down our urban roads at night.

Oh well, time to get up (6.15).


  1. Wow Ray...wonderful...a night visitor to cherish.

    1. He was a beauty Jean, though I have mixed feelings about urban foxes.
      I'm quite glad I looked out when I did.

  2. I am so glad that though you were awake in the night you saw something rather special to lift the spirits. Every Blessing for Christmas, all the singing, all the church, all the memories. Freda from Dalamory

    1. Thanks Freda. Sometimes nosiness is its own reward.
      Best wishes to you too.

  3. Snap. There is a fox that appears every night and it walks up and down and all around. I sometimes throw old meat or such like out. I know that people don't like feeding urban foxes but I reckon that it will still be around whether I feed it or not. Great photo by the way.

  4. I think someone nearby feeds them and also the odd badger but I don't want to encourage them this side of the railway. It is built up and the roads are very busy.
    An actual sighting was for me anyway, quite a rare occurrence these days.