Fox and Hawks

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,

fox-curled-up

but soon it knew I was there, and it dashed across the path.

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This is clearly a different fox than the one that I saw the other day, as it its tail is quite thin.

fox-running-along-the-path

It stopped for a moment and considered me,

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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.

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See the second one on the yellow edge of the fence (below)?

two-hawks

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.

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About rbpepper

Rebecca is an artist, writer, and photographer with degrees in Theater and Social Work, and is currently a Stay at Home Mom to her three kids. Some part of her house is always a mess, she lets her kids paint on the table and design their own costumes, and she makes excellent allergen-free cookies. She lives with her equally creative husband and children in a part of Virginia known for being "pretty close to Dulles Airport", and dreams of moving to an old farmhouse in New England.
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