Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Red Fox at Silver Queen West

A new resident to my condo complex, a young Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes)

We have a Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) living at my condo complex in the mountains and I finally got to see it having gotten up at 5:30 am to walk the dogs, dang them. This specimen looks much younger and much more scrawny than the Red Fox I photographed back in 2009 in Boulder, CO. That post continues to be one of the most popular posts on this blog.

At 6:00 am this Fox was ready for bed, she finally curled up and started yawning.

The Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes). It is the most common as well as the largest species of fox and is usually a rusty red with black ear tips and legs. There are actually four species of fox in Colorado, however. Gray Foxes have reddish ears and feet and prefer the Mountains. The Swift and Kit Fox are much smaller and have a coloring similar to the Coyote. They are rare and live out on the eastern Plains.

I kept shamelessly stalking this poor mother who would dart around pine trees to avoid me. The Foxes in Boulder are far more used to people and will even sleep on the hood of peoples cars.

Our condo manager has told me someone saw this fox pluck a Raven out of the air and corner a rather large (e.g. 40 pd) Raccoon in a small stand of Aspens. As scrawny as this one is, she must be giving all that food to her kits.

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