At 1 AM I sat outside on the deck - beautiful weather (73.5F/23C, mostly clear and calm). As I sat there looking up at the stars a red fox began barking his fool head off just over the hill across from the brook at the bottom of the hill on my son’s property. Eventually I could hear two red fox “arguing”. The first one that began barking was making the most commotion. Slowly they were making their way to the top of the hill and moving directly across from me. They started out a little to the northwest. Finally, the second one stopped barking back at the first and was in apparent retreat with the first chasing it off toward the creek to the south. The entire ordeal lasted just over 10 minutes.
One thing I’ve failed to mention over the past 2 weeks was bats. For the longest time I hadn’t seen nor heard any. But suddenly they started to appear, but seem to be keeping lower to the ground than usual.
Fireflies have been around for months, but very very few! When I was a kid we used to run around the yard and catch a dozen or so with 5 minutes. But sitting out for 10 minutes now I might see 6 to 8 - and flying closer to the center to the tops of trees. No catching these guys! I wonder how many other insects have their numbers diminished as well. So far this year I can count on both hands how many mosquitoes I’ve seen. In years past we’d be swatting them away non-stop. Not complaining mind you, but with this many less mosquitoes, that’s a lot less food for the bats. I wonder if those “scientists” that are trying to eradicate mosquitoes around the world even realize that they are a food source for another animal. Killing off one species will most definitely harm the other greatly.