Fox Den

I mentioned in a previous post a possible fox den I had found whilst photographing herons in the North Pasture.

The cattle have checked it out, left their calling cards, and trampled the spoil heap. When I found this hole in the ground, the other day, fox paw prints were clearly visible, but no more. I think this is a test den dug by the north marsh vixen, and it’s unlikely that she will use it as her birthing den, but you never know. I will keep an eye on it.

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4 Comments on “Fox Den

  1. “I think this is a test den dug by the north marsh vixen, and it’s unlikely that she will use it as her birthing den, but you never know.”

    Well…if I were a fox, I surely wouldn’t wish to live in a neighborhood where the cows poop all over the place! What an outrage!

    • I’m not sure vixens are bothered by such sensibilities. After all, they will use a spare room in a badgers’ sett as a birthing den. She might like the idea of a den in amongst, or at least in close proximity to mole hills. It is difficult to pick out a fox’s den in amongst high concentration of mole hills. Also, moles will form a large part of her cubs diet in the weeks to come.

  2. Having read that, I’ve decided I don’t want a fox as a neighbor.

    • Well, I suppose it’s a matter of how close a neighbour the vixen is. I don’t think you would wanted her taking up residence in your garden.

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