Fox on camera!

Game camera view of the fox den for the past two days:

Posing at sunrise (7:30) above the den.

Posing at sunrise (7:30) above the den.

Found something good to eat (gray-ish) at 2:20 p.m.

Found something good to eat (gray-ish) at 2:20 p.m.  This was the third trip to the pad in front of the den with something that looked like food.

Back out again up the trail at 2:40 p.m.

Back out again up the trail at 2:40 p.m.

Taking a rest in front of the den (4 p.m.)

Taking a rest in front of the den (4 p.m.)

The camera did not show any activity at the den from about 2 p.m. to 8 or 9 p.m., both days perhaps because the fox was out hunting.  One day the fox went into the den at 9:30 p.m. and re-emerged at midnight, and then wasn’t seen again until 7 a.m. the next morning, again perhaps hunting.

Wikipedia states that Red Foxes need about 500 grams (a little over a pound) of food daily; a typical field mouse weighs about 20 grams, but a gray squirrel weighs 400-600 grams. They are nocturnal hunters during most of the year (although that changes when there are young in the den), preferring the early morning hours before sunrise and late evening hours after sunset.

I hope to get a better idea of the activity pattern when I’ve monitored a week or two of this activity.  Tune in later for more details.

11 thoughts on “Fox on camera!

  1. Oh, wow, wow, wow! He’s gorgeous! And look…he’s smiling for the camera. I knew that camera was going to catch something good for you. It was worth it just for these pics right here. Great post, Sue!

  2. Been waiting a long time for this. But it’s worth it! I was very excited to see what the camera caught. There is quite a lot of action at night but very dark and fuzzy.

  3. Congrats on your great pictures, Sue! Did you move the game camera to get the shot of the fox in the third picture? How exciting to be able to watch the activity over the coming weeks, esp. once the pups start coming out.

    • No, the game cam is in front of the den, but it has a wide angle and fairly high resolution (7 mgpxl), so I can crop various portions of the frame and still get an OK photo.

  4. Great photographs. I can only wonder at how the fox manages to provide for itself and its family in such a frozen landscape. In the UK they have changed environment and are living in the cities raiding dustbins and being fed in gardens. They are often in a pitiable state with mange not like your fine specimen.

    • How sad! Red fox seems to be a very adaptable species, but there is a limit to what any animal can withstand. Apparently this was a very good mouse year here. And it looked like the fox caught a fair number of rabbits as well. We have a surplus of squirrels as well, so plenty of food in the frozen north.

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