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Old 1st April 2012, 06:11 AM   #1
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Our neighbours security light often gets triggered in the middle of the night, sometimes I am lucky and am able to observe a hedgehog rummaging around in the gardens, one time it was a rat wandering down the road as if it owned the place, sometimes it is a nocturnal cat (why do people leave their cats out all night?!) but mostly I've missed whatever it is. However at 3.30 this morning I spotted a bigger shadow than usual and there was a fox walking across our drive and under our sitting room window (no wonder our dogs sometimes bark for what seems like no reason), it then hopped over the wall trotted across next doors lawn, under the front of their car and proceeded down the pavement towards the other end of the cul-de-sac.

Common sense tells me that as we live near open fields we are bound to see foxes but I can't remember the last time I have actually seen a live one, certainly not amongst the houses.

So my sleepless nights aren't always wasted.

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Old 1st April 2012, 09:55 PM   #2
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Our neighbours security light often gets triggered in the middle of the night, sometimes I am lucky and am able to observe a hedgehog rummaging around in the gardens, one time it was a rat wandering down the road as if it owned the place, sometimes it is a nocturnal cat (why do people leave their cats out all night?!) but mostly I've missed whatever it is. However at 3.30 this morning I spotted a bigger shadow than usual and there was a fox walking across our drive and under our sitting room window (no wonder our dogs sometimes bark for what seems like no reason), it then hopped over the wall trotted across next doors lawn, under the front of their car and proceeded down the pavement towards the other end of the cul-de-sac.

Common sense tells me that as we live near open fields we are bound to see foxes but I can't remember the last time I have actually seen a live one, certainly not amongst the houses.

So my sleepless nights aren't always wasted.

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Hi Margaret

Sounds an interesting selection of noctornal creatures that you have on the go in your garden at the moment.

We are like you, and have security sensors at the front and back of our house, and any movment sets them off.

Maybe a CCTV camera would provide you with more answers as to what you are seeing on a regular basis.

Only today, OH noticed some Hedgehog poo on our lawn at the back of the house, so it was a give away although we have yet to see any hedgehogs - we live in hope

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Old 2nd April 2012, 06:35 AM   #3
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Hi Kathy,

My nocturnal visitors got even more interesting last night when at 2.00 a.m the lights were triggered by a badger, I've never seen a live one before, it didn't stay long just wandered along the road and across a few more gardens before disappearing around the corner.

About 15 mins later a hedgehog set the light off, he just seemed to go as far as next door, perhaps he has a hidey-hole there.

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Old 3rd April 2012, 01:41 PM   #4
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we were very lucky to catch sight of a fox in broad daylight here at CJs!! the other afternoon a few of us gathered at the kitchen window to watch a fox standing dead still in the middle of the nearby field . . . it soon trotted off but it was a splendid sight!
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we were very lucky to catch sight of a fox in broad daylight here at CJs!! the other afternoon a few of us gathered at the kitchen window to watch a fox standing dead still in the middle of the nearby field . . . it soon trotted off but it was a splendid sight!
That was a lucky sighting, I wonder if it is feeding young somewhere.

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we were very lucky to catch sight of a fox in broad daylight here at CJs!!
One thing about having moved to the country is that I now see very few foxes. I usually see them in a friend's garden in London E17.
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I took this photo with a zoom lens from inside our living room a few years ago. We do not get too many foxes around here during the daylight, but this one seemed very brave - maybe it was just hungry.
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It looks in very good condition, I haven't seen any of our nocturnal visitors since that one sighting, perhaps they decided that we didn't have anything to offer in the way of food.
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If you take a look at my thread back in June last year, http://www.cjwildlifeforum.com/showthread.php?t=2043, you'll see what I saw in our back garden at breakfast time, two foxes full of the joys of life. This is not the only time I've seen foxes in broad daylight.

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