SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from Vandenberg Space Force Base at 8:15 am. It had been scheduled and postponed the previous two days but was able to lift off this morning.
This afternoon I caught sight of the fox watching me. I had just put all the animals to bed and was leaving the pen. Tenacious little stalker.
Last August I found a heap of Riley's black feathers - no body, no blood - just outside the pen where the chickens enjoyed taking a dust bath. We searched the property in case she got away but we found more feathers on the "road" leading down the steep hillside.
From then on the fox returned often and stalked the remaining three chickens, either I saw it or the Ladies loudly let me know it was near. After nearly ten years of free-ranging chickens - such a joy to watch them walk across the driveway - we had to curtail their wanderings. Now they spend their days locked in the pen, safely I hope.
|Riley and Sage vying for the same nesting box