This is one of a pair who live in the woods behind our house. Our bird feeders hang in an old tree that is directly outside one of the kitchen windows, which is why we noticd him. We were sitting in the window with a mug of tea each watching the birds on the feeders when he turned up and started in on the fat pellets that we put down for the thrushes, robins and small mamals. He is very close to the house so the smell of humans and dogs must have been overpowering. He and his mate come through the garden early in the morning and at night but never in daylight before. There have been lots of rabbit tracks in the snow on the hill above the wood, so I’m surprised that he would take such a risk for such meagre pickings. Fortunatly the distance from the kitchen to my office and back is short so I just had time to grab the camera, run back ‘quietly’ and focus through the glass.
The fat dove sitting in the tree has distracted him and I suspect he may have been working out the odds…….
The following day the vixen arrived at about the same time, hoovered up some pellets and then left. We have not seen them since.
Here is Wikepedia on the origins of the name:
The Modern English word “fox” is Old English, and comes from the Proto-Germanic word fukh. It corresponds to the Proto-Indo-European word puk, meaning “tail of it”. The Sanskrit word puccha also means “tail”. The bushy tail is also the source of the word for fox in Welsh: llwynog, from llwyn, “bush, and grove”.