Saturday, July 7, 2012
I heard the fox barking as soon as I got out of the pickup. Sporadically during spring I have been hearing the short, harsh bark of a fox somewhere up the hillside from my photoblind on the Burris Ranch. This morning though it sounded closer. I cautiously made my way up the hill still hearing barks now and then. When I got to the gate I slowly scanned the area beyond the fence from the junkyard. Finally I caught some movement near an old pick up bed. The fox was sitting there looking my way trying to figure out what sort of creature I was. This morning before heading out the door I had randomly grabbed camouflage shorts, shirt and jacket. Not attire I wear all of the time. Finally it figured out I was human and took off. Quickly I made a few squealing sounds with my mouth. The fox stopped dead in its tracks and came back close to where it was before. I took a few images slowly working my way forward. Finally it had enough and it dove under the pickup bed and that was the last I saw of it. Maybe it was denning under there. I'll have to keep a closer eye on that area in the future. As soon as I finished with the fox I looked down by my feet and saw a section of shed skin from a large rattlesnake. Something else I had better keep a wary eye out for.
God's precious love and blessings to all,