A tale of a fox which turned out to be two foxes, blueberries, a cat and a catbird
I heard the now familiar cauterwalling, a kind of gaaak, gaaak noise. We would hear that awful and loud noise when the fox cornered our cat in the bushes. I heard it coming down the street this evening and I first thought it was a kid was riding a skateboard down our sidewalk scraping the board on the curbing. As the sound approached our driveway it all of a sudden got quiet for a moment then started up again right at the entryway. I grabbed my camera and was astonished to see two foxes instead of one. The one complaining and not eating was either the less dominant or a baby fox, although it was as big as the other one, and the more dominant one was eating the cat chow and wouldn't let the other have a bite. The catbird which our cat killed earlier in the day was left on the entry for the fox to take away and eat but it chose to dismember it on our mat which was strewn with feathers.
The photos aren't very good. The scene is lit only with the one porch light since I didn't use the flash because it would reflect in the side panes of glass and obliterate the image of the foxes and I forgot to use the night scene mode on the camera. You can see the bird feathers on the entry mat.
The catbirds, I counted at least three, have found the blueberries and have stripped the bushes of every berry with the least bit of color on them. I even saw one pull off a completely green berry! I'm fit to be tied as I haven't picked a single berry in the past few days. I was talking to our good for nothing cat to protect the blueberry bushes, at least the ones next to our deck that those brazen birds go in and out of with total disdain for the cat and are seemingly unafraid of the close proximity to people, as we are sitting there enjoying the after dinner coffee. Well the cat finally decided enough was enough and caught one. So the bird ate the berries and was caught by the cat and eaten by the fox...but that still leaves me with no blueberries.
Just this past weekend 07/08 we saw the carcass of a fox about 3 blocks from our home. It was a roadkill. So that leaves only one. One was killed about 2 months ago, a larger sized animal which was probably the male. The carcass of the one most recently killed looked rather small but it was difficult to tell from a moving car but I think it may have been the kit. So now we have a lone fox but it continues to stay around the neighborhood. I assume it will leave in search for a mate but I have no idea when that will be.
Also, just last week I saw a large fox roadkill about 3 miles from our home. I guess they're more common than I thought and seem to have no idea about how dangerous cars are. Perhaps they are blinded by the headlights?