When I shared my story about seeing a beautiful red fox with a bushy red tail while walking near Claude Moore Park, my daughter Abigail said that she often sees two foxes in that area.
And today, while hiking in the same part of the forest and hoping to have another sighting, I happened to find the second fox. At first it was quite intent on what it was doing, and didn’t notice as I approached,
but soon it knew I was there, and it dashed across the path.
This is clearly a different fox than the one that I saw the other day, as it its tail is quite thin.
It stopped for a moment and considered me,
and then decided to head deeper into the brush where I couldn’t see it. I sat down and waited quietly for a while, hoping it would return, but it didn’t. I could still smell it though, so I knew it was nearby. Another hiker, who said he lives in the houses that back up to the park, reported that this fox is a frequent visitor to his backyard.
I also happened upon two hawks today.
See the second one on the yellow edge of the fence (below)?
I don’t know my hawks well, but after consulting my Peterson Field Guide to Birds, I think they might be Red-Shouldered Hawks. Can any more experienced birders confirm this?
Also, my son may have been a few minutes late to preschool because I had to stop and take pictures of said hawks. Oops.
With temperatures in the 50s it doesn’t exactly feel like January, but it’s great weather for wandering about looking for animals.