"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."

From "Auguries of Innocence"

by William Blake

Friday, 4 June 2010

"Reynard" Returns!

We were woken at 6.00 a.m. this morning by the sound of daughter's pet rabbit thumping his feet. This is a rare event as this particular rabbit rarely thumps. (Unlike the previous one who seemed to do nothing else and led to very vigilant new neighbours dialling the police in the early hours of the morning thinking there was a break-in which resulted in goodness only knows how many patrol cars descending and police with torches insisting on searching our garden as the police helicopter hovered overhead!!). However, I digress......

To return to this morning there on the lawn was a fox - wet footprints revealed he had previously been standing on the rabbit hutch roof! 20 - 25 years we had nightly fox sightings and I even watched fox cubs playing on the lawn one memorable dawn but then mange struck and they gradually disappeared. This is the first sighting we have had in probably 15 years although it may mean we have to keep the rabbit in a spare hutch in the garage during the night and puts on hold the idea I have been toying with of keeping hens!

Quick Nest Update

Blue Tits looking almost ready to fledge. Slightly concerned over the smallest who doesn't seem to be getting anywhere near as much food as the older ones.

Wren - Managed to make out 3 tiny beaks at the entrance to the nest when I had a quick look last night.

Ran the moth trap last night and have caught some new species so hopefully some photos later today or tomorrow.


Pete said...


Ragged Robin said...

Old country name for fox. At least I think it is - grandparents who lived deep in Herefordshire countryside were always coming out with country names e.g. scribble lark for yellowhammer, bird's eye for germander speedwell, reynard fox etc. etc.