Posts Tagged ‘red fox’

Well, Well, Well … Foxes

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 I was about ready to eat lunch, and my husband said, “fox.” To his bow room I went, camera in hand! This was on January 5.

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The visit was short.

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It jumped off the “platform” and trotted to the thicket in the back corner of our yard. There’s an opening under our neighbor’s fence that they use when they come and go.

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Then this afternoon (January 13), with the temperature rising and the snow mostly melted, I headed out for a loop walk of our backyard. I had planned to look for fox prints by the barn. And I actually found one. I snapped four pictures and suddenly there was a strong  nasty smell. A fox was under there, and it wanted me to leave. I did.

(The track is a tad hard to see because of the direction of the light. It’s roughly in the center of the picture.

The next day, Buffy and I were walking a loop around the back back of our yard. Buffy showed a lot of interest along the side of the barn. She went around there two or three times. The fox had about half of the backyard smelling!

As of today, January 23, I haven’t seen the foxes or seen any tracks in the snow. The male’s probably going out in a different direction. I know they’re still under there because they “scent” the backyard every time we’re out there.

 

 

 

An Exciting Surprise

I have been watching for a fox lately, not really expecting one this early in January.

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My husband spotted this one while he was working in his bow room.

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It was late morning. The sun was warm.

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 I could tell in one of the other pictures that this was a female.

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It looked like some food had been hidden there for her.

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I wonder when she’ll be back? This is barely the start of mating season here in southern Illinois.

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I realize my pictures aren’t the best because of what I have to go through to take them. This is a picture of the workbench in my husband’s bow room. To take the pictures, I have to sneak down two steps and over to the window on the right. I then get positioned with the camera perched on the windowsill and snap away.

I hope there’s more fox pictures to follow.

Fingers Crossed

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This picture shows the view of our backyard from the picture window beside my computer.

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I walked into the computer room yesterday just as my husband said, “fox!” This is an earlier picture taken March 30, 2015.

The fox looked around and then went under the barn. I didn’t have time to take a picture.

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A groundhog family lived under the barn for most of the summer. One, I suspect the female, stayed in the yard until the colder weather arrived.

I guess I’ll have to be patient to see how this plays out.

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Tune in tomorrow!

Anticipation Rises

It had been so long since I’d seen the foxes that I thought they might have moved to another den. Then, when I least expected it, there lay the male fox napping.

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“As much as I hate to, I guess it’s time to think about getting up.”

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“No need to hurry, though. I’m not completely awake yet.”

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“A long slow stretch feels soooo good after being under the barn for so long.”

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“Nap’s over, and I guess it’s time to find our next meal.”

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Which would be the best route? Through the thicket behind the barn or

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across the backyard to the southeast?”

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Red foxes breed late January into February in Illinois. Gestation is 51 days. Since we live in southern Illinois, I assume these are more likely to bred in January and give birth in late March.

Fox Update

Please excuse the quality of these pictures. Thick clouds dulled the hazy day.  Sunshine’s been rare the last 2 weeks.

I hadn’t seen the foxes since before the heavy snow/sleet/freezing rain event.

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Then I looked out around noon, and there was a fox. It scratched and scratched and scratched.

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I figured the unusual upward position of the hind leg indicated this was the female.

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There’s no doubt that this was the female.

 Red foxes begin mating late January into February here in southern Illinois. Their gestation period is 51 days. So I figure she’ll probably give birth in a couple of weeks or so.

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…. And here I sat in the evening, working on the blog above. I looked out the picture window and there was a doe. A younger deer soon joined her.

The Foxes Are Baaack!

… and I hope they’re here to stay, at least for a few months.

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Buffy and I were in the backyard earlier this morning, and she didn’t act like the foxes were under the barn.

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 There’s an old strip pit behind our house, and I suspect they have a den there too.

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 I take all the fox pictures from inside the house because of the layout of our backyard.

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Obviously, this is the female (vixen). Notice the slight “baby bump.”

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She got back up on their observation platform and napped before going back under the barn.

A Fox Sign

I had a couple of things to do in the backyard this morning. As usual, Buffy went with me. I started toward the catalpa tree and came to an area that smelled strong like skunk, only not skunk. It was fox. One had marked its territory in our backyard! Luckily, the smell finally dissipated.

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So, obviously, the foxes plan to den under the barn again. The above picture shows Buffy one evening two years ago, waiting for the foxes to appear.

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From that look on her face, it was obvious she wanted me to help her evict them. Red foxes breed late January into February in southern Illinois. Gestation period is 51 days.

It’s looking good so far for the future possibility of little ones running around.

My fingers are crossed.