Snowed in this morning and discovered to my dismay that we had run out of milk! As that would mean no cups of tea, my hubby & I decided to brave the elements and walk to the shop (via a diversion to see if we could find any evidence of the activity of one of our three neighbourhood foxes!). Part mammal-tracking, part bird watching and part urban foraging expedition – we’re lucky we remembered the milk!
Evidence that our fox is still around and active. We have at least 3 foxes in the area (as this is the most I have seen in different areas within a minute or so of each other!) with our closest making his home on the open space behind our flats. About 5 minutes of searching and we found the tell-tale tracks of the fox heading into the bushes near where we often see him. (Alas the slight melt has meant that most prints were indistinct – I had wanted to do some comparative dog/fox shots for you but couldn’t find any clear enough; but foxes leave a distinctive trail that doesn’t wander – think of them as looking a bit like dogs with purpose!)
We turned towards the shops, and came across a flock of black-headed gulls (In their winter plumage, the chocolate colouring of their head reduces to a small patch of dark behind their eye!) was having some kind of party/dispute ahead – there were chips involved, I believe.
Next we walked past the fenced-in area of weeds and brambles that used to have a pylon (ergo the fence!) but no longer. Standing in clumps were these fantastic dried umbellifers – and when crushing the seeds in my fingers and smelling them revealed them to be exactly what I suspected – fennel!)
So I was quite pleased with the wild encounters in a quick walk to the shop, and on the way back actually found a preserved cat footprint in the snow! Four clawless toe prints with a small, tri-lobed pad behind – and the fact that they led from the pavement to the front door of a house was also a clue!
So I’m now back on the sofa with the aim of spending the afternoon baking bread and catching up on one of my many half-finished knitting projects! Hope you all have a warm & snuggly weekend – Let me know if you get out for a bit of mammal tracking!