There seems to be something about May Day that sends foxes into a doze. Last year the Old Dogfox spent so long snuggled up under a neighbour's pine tree and I actually became concerned that he was seriously ill, or worse, but he was merely lapping up the May sunshine.
This afternoon I went up the lane in search of non-garden foxes. On Sunday I found the meadows deserted while one of the local landowners mowed the grass near his house. Today I found that he had thoughtfully mown a strip around the edge of the big meadow as well. What a convenient spot for a dozing fox 😉
When I looked through the photos of this encounter, I noticed that this fox (probably one of the vixens) was reclining in the shade, rather than directly in the sunshine. I doubt she had become too hot and retreated to the shade (for all the blue skies, there is a sharp breeze afoot this evening) but perhaps she had been resting there for so long, the shadows had moved around :zzz:
At the top of the lane I had a special treat: seeing a (wakeful!) fox in a field of buttercups :happy:
This was quite an interesting photo challenge. I think the camera wasn't sure at first whether to focus on the fox or the flowers! :eyes:
Quite understandable, really.
On the way home I noticed that the slumbering fox had briefly come to life. She was scratching quite badly – and I noticed that she does have some sign of mange on her rump.
But the rest of her coat seems in perfect health. I will try to keep an eye on this, if it is possible.
After her brief awakening, she settled down in the grass to sleep again.
EDIT: 10pm – new photos in Rural Foxes.
The Old Dogfox has just paid a visit to the garden with the Chipped Vixen! :eyes: :faint: So she is still coming occasionally. I didn't see her well enough to determine whether she is still lactating. But with two vixens visiting, surely a cub will eventually come? :wait: