Red Fox at Ashbridge’s Bay / February 5, 2020

Red Foxes are found in the entire Northern Hemisphere from the Arctic to North Africa. It is one species which has multiplied rather than diminished near human habitation.

I was quite close to the fox for these photos as it devoured a squirrel.

Red Fox with squirrel
Red Fox with squirrel
Red Fox with squirrel
Red Fox with squirrel
Red Fox with squirrel
Red Fox with squirrel

I have also seen Red-tailed Hawks with squirrel prey here.

juvenile Red-tailed Hawk with squirrel

Here is our bird list on this -5 degree, sunny morning:

Species list: mute swan, mallard, American black duck, gadwall, bufflehead, common goldeneye, long-tailed duck, lesser scaup, hooded merganser, common merganser, red-breasted merganser, ring-billed gull, black-capped chickadee, brown creeper, northern cardinal, American goldfinch, American tree sparrow  (17 species)

Common Goldeneyes (female)
Common Goldeneye (female)
Mute Swan (8 months old)
Black-capped Chickadee
American Goldfinch
Common Goldeneyes
Bufflehead (female)
Red-breasted Merganser (female)
Red-breasted Mergansers
Red-breasted Mergansers
“Bib” Duck
Long-tailed Ducks
Common Merganser (female)
Common Merganser (female)

Park Views:

Scotch Pine (Pinus sylvestris)
Baltimore Oriole nest from last season
Sea-buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides)

This morning’s group:

NATURE POETRY

The icicles now fringe the trees
That swayed in summer’s gentle breeze,
When summer days were fair.         – Dora Read Goodale (1866–1915)

Miles Hearn

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