I am as you may know, just home from a vacation trip which included a trip to Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN. There at a show we were entertained by a man who sang a medley of country songs, one of them being “Thank God I’m a Country Boy.” This morning I was reminded of the song as I reflected about living “in the country” here off of Franklin Street in Reading. With treed areas around us and a town forest near by we see a fair amount of wild life. As I sat down to my computer downstairs earlier today my attention was caught by movement just outside the bow window – it was a red fox. Beautiful in color with a clean white tail tip, it moved around to the front of the house; by the time I got up to see where it had headed I lost sight of it. I have been advised by a couple of friends of their danger – and surely I will not be running out to “pet” it should I have the chance to see it again; but I’ve looked up and read (!) about red foxes and they eat some plants as well as mouse-like rodents. I don’t think they’ll be wanting me… (photo from internet, not mine!)
Here in my neighborhood we have other critters too. This year has been a “baby boomer” year for bunnies – each evening, and sometimes in the morning too, you can spot any number of them hopping around. They have grown over the course of the summer and will soon be full sized. We have wood chucks in the area, squirrels of many varieties – red, grey, black – and perhaps the world’s most concentrated population of chipmunks! And I dare say there are deer as well. I have seen them though not this summer – but I think they are around. How do I know? My lilies, the flowering tips, have been eaten. My over-sized hostas that birth flowers on 4-5 foot stems, have been “tipped” which is to say clean cuts are where the flower buds should be. It can’t be the wood chuck as he or she would be eating the whole of the plant, and couldn’t reach these heights. And it can’t be the bunnies because although they are prolific in number, there are no Harvey-like rabbits here. (If you think it isn't deer, please let me know who IS eating and I will issue a bambi apology.)
Deer, fox, coyotes too, wood chucks, bunnies and more – oh my! I’m glad I’m a country girl!