Thursday, June 26, 2014

My Red Fox Visitor!


The kitchen window of my house, located in the foothills of Colorado, faces my backyard, where I have enjoyed seeing many deer, rabbits and birds.  One early evening, however, I saw a different animal from my window, one who had decided to take a nap on my lawn--a Red Fox! He may have been patiently waiting for a mother rabbit to come back to uncover her nest of babies, as I saw very young baby rabbits in this location a few times.  He must have heard my camera clicking photos, as his ears went up and he kept twisting positions and looking up. From his size, I'd say he was an older adolescent fox, hunting on his own. ( All photos and photo collages will enlarge for easier viewing if clicked on.)


After a short time he stood up, still looking around.  Possibly hearing me at my window? I was only about four feet away from him.



Finally, he gave a very big yawn--just look at his sharp teeth....


...and ran off very quickly!

This is how I've always seen fox in this area before--running to and fro very speedily.They don't usually stay very long and mostly can be seen early morning or early evening. I'm sure they also hunt at night.   It was certainly a surprise for me to see him so closely from my kitchen window!   I'm also glad to think that those little bunnies may have lived to see another day!

I'm adding this post to Saturday Critters and Camera Critters! Thank you to the blog hosts, and to all visitors who come to see my "critter" this week!!


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30 comments:

Miss Jean said...

My neighbors have seen foxes jump into my yard over here in eastern Centennial, but I haven't seen them. Just raccoons and bunnies. I hope they stay away as I have two Scottish Terriers who think they can take on the world!

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen said...

A treat and what a surprise to see this fellow during the daytime. Great shots Pat, especially the yawn.
Sam

pam said...

Gracious, that is one long tail.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I've never seen one that close so I'm glad you got some good photos. He was definitely at ease...glad he moved on. Have a good week my friend! Hugs, Diane!

Nellie said...

Well, well. Mr. Fox certainly made himself at home in your yard! I'd be taking pictures from inside, too.

Sarah said...

Amazing shots, Pat. We have foxes that live in our neighborhood, and I live in the city. Coyotes have moved in now too. Makes me nervous!

Massimo said...

wow ! something impossible to see out of my window :-(
fantastic Pat ! lucky woman...

Tracy said...

What a magical moment... beautiful creature! Thanks for sharing this treat, Pat! :o) Happy Days ((HUGS))

Mersad said...

What an amazing moment. You made some great images of it.

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

ellen b. said...

How fabulous to get to watch this creature so close by. Very cool.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

You got some wonderful shots of the fox! I do hope he didn't find the baby rabbits. I know that is part of nature, but still...sigh.
Have a great weekend!

The Gathering Place said...

That was a pretty red fox and I'm glad you got to enjoy it from inside the house. I wonder if he found his dinner? We often see one when we walk around a small pond.

Lorrie said...

That's one long and lean fox. They are pretty animals. What fun to observe this one from your house. He doesn't look too bothered by your camera.

RNSANE said...

Great pictures, Pat...a far cry from your Brooklyn neighborhood!!! The guy must not be hunting that well...he looks pretty skinny to me.

Off to India again July 23rd...for four months this time. I've had a fun six months with my darling granddaughter. She is cute, soon will be a year and a half.

steviewren said...

The view from your windows is of an altogether different kind from what you were looking at a few short years ago. You were really lucky to get so many photos of him.

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Gorgeous capture! You must have been so excited to see him visit. xox

La Petite Gallery said...

Pat, He looks so thin. I have a pretty red fox, see him in the winter. I put food out. The fox is so close to a Dog mentality.
Wolves do not act in the same way.
Anyway the photo's are great.
yvonne

VioletSky said...

He has some interesting markings! I've seen several foxes at night (so obviously, not very clearly seen!) but I haven't noticed any white on their fur.

Rajesh said...

You had a great visitor.

sandyland said...

long tail

Adam Jones said...

Always a joy to see in the garden. Lovely pictures.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Pat, cool shots of your fox visitor.. They usually seem pretty shy around here. You were able to snap off some pretty shots of this cute fox. Thanks for linking up and sharing your post this week, have a happy weekend!

Ida said...

What fun to see a fox in your yard. He seems pretty content there sleeping. Goodness that was a big yawn and he's a skinny thing.

Margaret Adamson said...

Who wonderful to see this fox so close and great that you got photos of it in all positions. Have a great weekend.

Felicia said...

his markings are different almost like he's a cross between a red and a gray. whatever he sure is a handsome fellow but I'm glad he didn't get the bunnies either.

Carole M. said...

...great photos and a wonderful wildlife photo opportunity!

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

What a beautiful animal!

Daniela said...

How lucky you've been, here there are some foxes too, but it's not easy at all to catch them in a shot, you've been able and photograph him several times, he felt calm and secure in your garden .. it's so wonderful to see with our eyes wild animals free !!
Thank you for this unique images, my dearest Pat, have a wonderful day <3
Dany

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

Great shots! We don't see red fox in our area anymore.

Lea Ann said...

We have them visit our yards in Highlands Ranch also. I love seeing them buy worry about my 4 and 6 pound Yorkies. I've done some studying on their habits, they hunt early morning and late evening. They are prey for Coyotes who hunt during the night. And you can tell when they've been around in the Winter, their footprints in the snow walk a straight line. With all that said, are we ever going to make a date for lunch? :)