Sunday, April 11, 2010 7:20:27 AM
Spring has sprung - well, sort of. It is still colder than you would expect for April and the bluebells are apparently going to be late. The trees are not exactly flush with new leaves and I've only seen a handful of birds attempting to build nests. But the daffodils are tough enough to put on a show.
Horses are out in the fields without their winter jackets.
But the wildlife is undeniably quiet in the woods. This has been the pattern for some weeks now. The foxes are still around - their tracks were everywhere in the snow - but they have become more elusive. On the other hand, the garden itself is more exciting
We now have three foxes coming on a regular basis: the Tip Vixen (who is currently feeding kits), the Silver Dogfox (her mate), and another, much older male fox who might be the master of all trespassers. This fox is a giant He's the biggest we've ever had in the garden. He's not only tall, but very heavily-built - his legs are stocky, his paws are like a lynx's, and the broadness of his skull shows his age. He has cataracts, but they don't seem to bother him much. His coat is thick and rough and greying; I would have thought him at least six or seven years old.
But, handsome though he is, he doesn't like the camera much. So when he showed more tolerance last weekend, I made sure to get plenty of photos!
There is something almost wolf-like about his face
My only other news of note is that I've finally got my website up and running again, though a few pages are still under development.