Friday, July 4, 2008

Kits on the Wildwood

These little guys are just so full

of life!

 We live in a wooded area on 1.6 acres inside the city limits and we are fortunate to have lots of wild life living and taking shelter in close proximity to our house and the neighboring houses. It is not unusual to have owls, all sorts of birds, squirrels, woodchucks, raccoons, and lots of deer. We discovered this spring that we had a little family of red foxes making their home and nursery under our deck. We didn't know it for some time until the kits got old enough to venture out on their own. If you walked across the deck you would hear them scurry around underneath. Then when they got bigger they would run out and down the side yard to an old Terra cot ta drain pipe that doesn't work anymore. They started to peak out after I got my camera and then I would be ever so quiet and one of them would peak out then slowly come out and look at me. Eventually another one would pop out. For some time we thought there were only 2 of them plus both parents, but later on we would see 3 + the parents playing in our front yard every evening. We have had tree trimmers in the neighborhood for the power company for awhile now so they aren't around much. My husband Ross saw one run across the drive last week and go down the hillside. We finally had to block they access to the under side of the deck, because the smell and the fly were not so pleasant for us. We took the boards off from the top and collected all the animal carcass the mom had brought to the little ones, and it was rabbits, squirrels, and birds...a whole half of a kitchen bag full of them. I hope you enjoy the photographs that the 2 kits posed for me. They were absolutely adorable, but as life goes they have grown now and are not so small.

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