Sunday, May 19, 2013

Fox family growing

The kits are growing up! I recently took these opportunistic photos one evening at Stratford Point as the Red Fox family got ready for dinner. More of their story and a great photo of a little one back when they were little (oh it seems like just the other day...) can be found in this post. Here are the pups looking rather surprised to see me there so late.

There are actually six of them in total as you can count off in this shot.

They are very curious and definitely enjoy human-watching as much as we enjoy fox-watching. However, check out the pup who is intently watching the sky and keep in mind where it is looking...

...because in this next picture its head moved as it followed a Common Grackle flying by.

It seemed to love the birds and was frequently caught gazing up at them. When a Barn Swallow did circles around them it had to whip its little head back and forth to keep track of it. Now if we could only make sure they grow up to respect the birds enough not to eat them - especially the Piping Plover eggs and young!

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation Technician

Photos by Scott Kruitbosch © Connecticut Audubon Society and not to be reproduced without explicit CAS permission


  1. I don't think "respecting" birds is a concept you're going to be able to get across to these guys. But maybe they'll chew on a few house cats!

  2. They're enjoying a lot of Gray Squirrel and American Robin so far. I think cats are a little too much for these guys for the most part. Coyotes and Great Horned Owls are better at taking the little family members that should be indoors at all times!