16th April 2012 : I set up my fox den watching position in an elder tree today, and spent two hours watching this evening. The elder tree was 20 metres from the den and I didn’t see a single fox or cub. In fact, the only thing I saw was a blackbird. I heard a pheasant call, a muntjac bark, and that was it. I even made a few wounded rabbit calls, but to no avail.
The rabbit and pigeon heads, or the dead mouse, were no longer on the ground outside the den.
With a net around the tree and two nets over me, I had to breathe on a mirror to check that I was there, and then I wasn’t sure. If I had a better sense of smell it might have helped. The breeze was blowing right down the back of my neck: it was a cold evening.
Still, never mind, it was the first watching stint and the breeze was carrying my scent towards the den. The lie-up position is properly set up now, so getting myself installed next time will be quick and easy.