I’ve had lots of visitors to my backyard. Mind you, my backyard is surrounded by a six foot fence. In one part, the lovely little border was pulled off by the gardening dudes so that side bit is just five feet until I get it fixed.
Among the visitors are the usual climbers and fliers: birds of all varieties including those of prey, squirrels black and gray, neighborhood cats who are definitely not invited because they’re after the birds in my little sanctuary. In the past I’ve had both raccoons and opossums.
This afternoon (we’ll pretend it isn’t after midnight as I write this and say it was THIS afternoon although it was yesterday afternoon, but just stick with me on this 😉 ) Sophie and I were going onto the deck to add to the bird feeders when I saw a dog below that looked like Sophie except longer with a bushy tail. My brain jostled between her and this other dog and then said: fox! I urged her back inside because I’d already seen what could happen when cats were caught in a bad position in my backyard and obviously didn’t want an altercation between Sophie and a fox.
I went back outside and he/she was gone. They’d scaled either the five or six feet of fence. I didn’t know red foxes could climb like that! Evidently he was after the birds, squirrels, or maybe even the peanuts that I’d tossed on the ground for the squirrels and blue jays. In case you ever think you don’t learn something everyday, you do. You just have to be observant enough to notice.
Foxes climb. Foxes love peanuts. Who knew? (Okay, I’m sure someone out there knew. Now I do as well.) Sorry I don’t have any pics. It happened too quickly. But I have a fox pic for you nonetheless (not taken by me):