Thursday, May 24, 2012

Barking Fox

Check out the gratuitous grackle


The boy called last night at just about dusk. I went out on the front porch to talk to him and was much entertained by a brace of sleepy male ruby-throated hummingbirds, which kept perching on the flower basket hooks. They would sit there waving their heads back and forth and occasionally flipping their wings like kids bopping to the music.


I was wondering if maybe they had little birdie iPods tucked in their feathers and ear buds too small to see. Eventually they took off for wherever they spend the night, but they were fun while they stayed.


After the boy hung up to get some rest, I went in to hang up our phone then went back out there just to enjoy the night. It feels like summer now and smells like summer too.


The cat bird kids didn't want to go to bed and were giving the old folks a hard time. They made quite a din down there in the mulberry tree. Then spring bird number 35 rowed slowly across the sky, heading down to the river I guess, a great blue heron, just catching the last rays as the sun went down.


I sat until it was almost full dark, then suddenly heard the strangest sound from the field in front of me. I came in and checked out YouTube and sure enough, it was a fox barking.


To call the noise a fox makes a bark is to call Air Force one a mosquito. What a big, eerie sound for such a small mammal. You can hear one here in all its glory. I would kind of enjoy having the things around if it weren't for their plagitty infatuation with all things chicken.

6 comments:

lisa said...

The wonderful sounds of night!

Dani said...

What a strange bark!

Cathy said...

Marianne. This is one of your posts that is so perfect . . .


Thank you for helping us 'see' . . . for taking us along . . .

Jinglebob said...

I moved heifers yesterday and one stayed back (fence jumper evidently) so I left her to feel sorry for herself. she was across the road yesterday morning looking at something. It was a fox. He ran around and she chased him. then later he was sunning on top of the third row of big round bales. too far away for a good camera shot, but not too far for a gun shot, but heck, we ain't got many around so I left him to propagate!

Terry and Linda said...

Oh, no! Now you have fox. They do have a strange sound and they seem to not be very silent, which helps knowing where they are. They are very swift too,as I was raking one afternoon when a momma fox rushed right by me and grabbed a hen that was pecking close to me. I tried to catch the fox but she was way too fast.

I have more fox stories, but ah well...

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

threecollie said...

Lisa, it was pretty spooky

Dani, doesn't it sound crazy? I simply can't believe that I have lived in the country most of my life and never heard one before.

Cathy, thank you for your kind words, which never fail to make my day

JB, if we didn't have poultry I would let them alone too. They are so darned interesting to watch. Alas they are also very fond of chicken.

Linda, holy cow! Now that is bold! We had a pair of pups here last year that were ridiculously tame...got all the outdoor chickens on us before we evened up the score.