Maybe 15 years ago we had a fox that would appear when we were barbecuing. We’d give him little pieces of meat — not a lot, we didn’t want him to get dependent on humanoids. He was very cautious, always ready to flee. He was a joy to see, to get so close to an elegant wild creature. But there was a period where all the mid-sized critters — foxes, skunks, raccoons, possums — died off from distemper or something. Now they’re coming back.

This little guy has been skirting our half-acre the past few weeks — looks like a juvenile. A few days ago he was on my woodpile. I was about 20 feet away, standing stock still and we locked eyes. He craned his head in and out, I guess getting multiple takes on me.

Yesterday he nestled into a hollow spot on the (living) roof of the chicken coop.

Also on the wild creature front: in the last week I’ve caught 2 hummingbirds. They fly into the office kitchen and can’t get out. It’s easy to catch them. Once they’re in my cupped hands, they seem to relax. I’ll always find someone around to see when I release them. When I open my hands, they sit there a split second, green feathers shimmering in the sunlight. Then vooom! Off like a little helicopter.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

3 Responses to Foxy

  1. wow. cool. both the fox and the hummingbird.

    Lloyd, just wondering, you talked once about maybe doing some you tubes/commercialize it, wondering if you got on to that?

    was thinking, if so, video of you capturing the hummingbirds/release, would be popular, some video of the fox too.

    ran across this video on garlic, and thought of you/your garden, some bits and bites about how you organise your garden/chicken coop, etc, likely also be popular..

    if you had an article on it all/links, sorry, have missed a few of your entries.

  2. Anytime I share an enchanting encounter with
    wildlife like the black bear in my backyard
    playing peek a boo (hiding behind a tree poking
    his head in and out)…

    I get acused of having a Disney mentality
    towards wildlife. Not a bad thing…
    unless you were Timothy Treadwell

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