Nature's Calendar - Winter 2011/12
Posted 19 January 2012 - 18:47
I guess it figured out that it was me that was feeding it and it got to the point when it would come out if I called. We would sit there at two in the morning, me and Bluebell the fox, watching the stars, him niping at me cigarettte smoke. Occasionally it would come up and sniff my knee. Too tame, in the end I had to catch it and it went to an animal sancturary.
They are great creatures, horribly and incorrectly vilified. They have behaviour more like cats than dogs. One arched its back sideways on at my cat one afternoon, to which the cat just laughed and sat there and watched the fox. But yes, you shouldn't feed them or try to befriend them. Though its hard, there is one round here which stops and looks up for a while if I bang the window; he is obviously not scared.
Driving around at night, like I do, I see them everywhere. apparently there one sitting outside Morrisons the other morning, not sure if it was waiting for the shop to open, but it was as bold as brass. i suspect they are taking full advantage of the warmer winter, getting a head start on breeding.
P.S. I still have pelagoniums in the garden which should by all rights have died in the frost, and should not be flowering at all, which they are.
Posted 25 January 2012 - 11:55
In parts of the US, feeding bears has created a massive problem, as they will now break into cars of there is food left inside.
My alimentary canal has never reacted adversely to ingesting Polish sausages, but I guess I am not a fox.
Posted 27 January 2012 - 17:58
Snowdrops have recently appeared in neighbour's garden (don't get (m)any in ours). In Malvern they were out at Christmas.
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Posted 21 February 2012 - 16:00
Bats were active again on the evening of the 16th Feb. Thats quite a short dormancy isn't it? First frogspawn arrived in the pond about a week ago and frogs still very active and the heap of frogspawn is now very big.
Edit: Some hazel catkins have been in full flower since the end of January. Most still not yet flowering though.
This post has been edited by Foxy2: 21 February 2012 - 16:02
Posted 22 February 2012 - 13:09
As for garden plants, I have masses of snowdrops and crocuses plus purple flag iris and dwarf purple irises with a single plant of grape hyacinths in bloom. No blossoming daffodils anywhere in sight though a short variety (daffs or narcissus I can't tell) in the sunless north facing garden - rather curiously - are most advanced with flower heads now visible.
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Posted 24 February 2012 - 17:04
A few weeks ago (before the recent cold) when I was out coppicing there were plenty of ladybirds and a couple of hawthorn shield bugs too.
Posted 25 February 2012 - 13:44