Our garden foxes...

Welcome to the Garden Fox Watch blog, detailing the life and times of the family of foxes that are growing up in our back garden.

This chap is evidently attractive to foxes

Posted By on November 29, 2016

Video on YouTube.

Stew, anyone?

Posted By on October 27, 2016

So we had some leftover stew that none of the humans wanted; we figured we’d see whether the local foxes fancied it. Oh yes. Definitely. The elapsed time from it being put out to the appearance of (one of) our friendly fox(es) was somewhat less than ten minutes. (The magpies turned up only a little afterwards, but they didn’t want to tangle with the fox!)

This fox is looking pretty well-fed; plumping up for the colder weather, I suppose.

“Everyday Foxism”

Posted By on June 5, 2016

There was a great article in yesterday’s Guardian about “everyday foxism” (which is a terrific, and accurate, phrase) — read it here.

On the prowl

Posted By on May 22, 2016

So late last month, Mrs Fox — for, in this set, we have definite evidence of her being female, in the form of obvious nipples — took some time out to sunbathe and prowl the garden to see what food was out there…

We’ve still not seen any sign of cubs in our garden, though they are doubtless in the local area! But our friend the Bad Witch is lucky enough to have a cub playing in her garden recently — here’s the evidence!

The Return

Posted By on April 21, 2016

Why yes, it has been a while, hasn’t it?

We don’t know whether we have foxes living in our garden at the moment, but we certainly have regular visitors; see below. (The first evening with decent light, the camera at hand, and a fox who decided to turn up in a while.) This one was certainly keen on the rather elderly roast chicken that we’d decided to recycle by leaving it out for them. Mind you, so were the local magpies!

Hoping we might see some cubs in the next few weeks, although it is a bit early yet, I think.

Moving in and taking over

Posted By on September 13, 2015

Hi folks! Been a while, hasn’t it — the local foxes have not chosen our garden as their territory just lately, so we’ve not had any pretty pictures to share. But we do have some from a friend of the blog, Ms Vixen, who lives a couple of towns away; their local foxes have raised two cubs this year and, well, as you’ll see below, they’re really quite friendly!

Ms Vixen’s family includes a cat, who is entirely happy for the foxes to hang around in his garden; if nothing else, it apparently discourages some of the other local cats from coming in to beat her cat up!

(No… the fox has not yet tried to use the cat’s litter tray.)

Thanks to Ms Vixen for sending these over!

Rough and tumble

Posted By on June 15, 2012

I thought I’d catch up on some of the videos from last month… here are some from May 2nd, taken by Foxy Lady Junior. The cubs were very active!

Runty

Posted By on June 11, 2012

In a litter of six, you’d expect there to be a runt. Last year, with only two cubs ever visible, they were fairly even in size; the year before, with four, there was definitely one who was a little bit smaller than the others. But Runty McRuntersdottir, the littlest female in this year’s litter, is really noticeably smaller than her siblings.

These photos are from May 11th — so, exactly a month ago today — and you can see that she was then not only smaller, but quite a bit darker than the others. (Don’t forget that the cubs start out dark and change colour as they get older.) Also, at this point she appeared to have a problem with her eye; we wondered about deformity, but looking closely at these and other photos, it appears that her inner eyelid was partly covering the eye — possibly a slight infection, possibly an over-enthusiastic sibling had caught her eye with a paw or claw. There wasn’t anything we could usefully do about it, but I’m pleased to report that it seems to have cleared up altogether; Runty’s around and thriving, catching up a bit in size, and joining in the rough and tumble of cub life fully.

When we got back

Posted By on June 8, 2012

Fantastic Mr Fox and I finally got back from holiday in early May, and did the foxes cooperate by coming out and showing themselves immediately? They did not… largely because it was still raining. But eventually they showed up — by the 10th May we managed to get a few shots of Mrs Fox and the cubs pottering about on the lawn.

Aunty Fox on duty

Posted By on June 4, 2012

May 8th had better weather than many of the preceding days (possibly working up to Foxy Lady’s return from holiday — who knows). Aunty Fox had drawn the short straw for cub-wrangling duty, and she was certainly kept busy as they took over the lawn…