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Serenading foxes proclaim the turn of the year: Country diary, 24 December 1945

24 December 1945 A Christmastide delight for a country parson was to hear from his lawn at eventide the call of mating foxes

Cumberland
A country parson used to say that of the delights of Christmastide none was greater than to hear from his lawn at eventide the call of the mating foxes. On a still moonlight night now, even in the fell dales where foxes are more backward than their kind in the low country, the deep note of the dog foxes and the shrill cry of the vixen frequently float to the ear.

Related: The fox is not only nicer than the fox hunter, he’s a deal more useful – archive, 8 January 1982

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