The Night Visitor

Tuesday 29th August 2000, 1/3, West Yorkshire

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poppy seedheadspoppy seedheads AT THE END of the woodchip path, by the greenhouse, a Fox left its calling card last night; a pointed-ended dropping. It had scratched around the wood chips, partially covering the dropping.

A fox will use its strongly scented dropping or scat to mark its territory, so it will often leave it on a stump, a rock or on a tussock of grass. In this case any other fox walking up our garden path couldn't fail to get the message. It might also have chosen the end of the path nearest the meadow because the chippings are fairly new and their resiny smell might further have attracted attention to this scent marker.


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