Red Fox & Canada Geese Standoff

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One day in March a Red Fox approached two Canada Geese on the Backyard Wilderness property.

The Fox moved closer to the Geese and stared at them but the Geese stood their ground.

Next the Geese began to chase the Red Fox…

which provoked the Fox, causing the Fox to run away.

Howard Beroff - March 29, 2018 - 11:38 pm

Jody, we loved these pictures, especially the 2nd one in which you could practically read the fox’s mind: “Oh, oh, this is not such a good idea after all.”

jody - March 29, 2018 - 7:15 pm

Thanks!

Maryann Harvey - March 29, 2018 - 12:18 pm

Perhaps protecting their nest? Fun shots Jody!

jody - March 29, 2018 - 7:15 pm

Thanks!

Lynn Levine - March 29, 2018 - 9:01 am

Jody,
Great series. Have you thought about a book of your Backyard Wilderness photos. They are absolutely terrific!
Best to you,
Lynn

Red Foxes Visit in February

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 One day during the month of February I looked out the out window and sighted a Red Fox on the property. I quickly grabbed my camera to take some photos, then, the Fox ran off.

About an hour later, after it had started to snow I noticed two Foxes came back, but only one Fox came near the house while the other one stayed in the wooded area. I was able to get some photos of the one before both Foxes ran away.

I think the two Foxes were a couple. Their mating season is from December till February and the young are born about 60 days later. Last year I had the good fortunate to make one of my favorite photographs, a female Red Fox with her young. Guess I will have to wait and see if any opportunities present themselves like that this year.

January Wildlife and Extreme Weather

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In the month of January we had some extremely cold weather where for a few days the wind chill made it feel like single digit temperature. Below are some photos taken during some cold, snowy days in January .

Sparrow

Tufted Titmouse

White-throated Sparrow

Female Cardinal & White-throated Sparrow

Male Cardinal & White-throated Sparrow

Then one beautiful day came the month of January when the temperature hit 60 degrees, and I got such a treat when I looked out at the swamp and saw my favorite bird, a Great Bird Heron.  It is such a majestic looking bird. I love to photograph Herons.

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron cleaning its feathers

Backyard Wilderness December Snow

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Even though some animals hibernate during the cold months of the year, as you can see from the photos below, there is still wildlife that visits the Backyard Wilderness property during the snowy months:

White-throated Sparrow

Tufted Titmouse

Cardinal and Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow, Cardinal, and Dark-eyed Junco

Female Cardinal and Mourning Dove

White-throated Sparrow and Dark-eyed Junco

Gray Squirrel

Buck

Great Blue Heron Surprise

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The Great Blue Heron is a large bird; it stands between 42 to 52 inches tall. As mentioned in prior blogs, it is one of my favorite birds to photography.

 

 

 

One morning I came across a 4 foot tall Great Blue Heron standing on the roof of a Purple Martin Birdhouse; the roof is about 2 feet wide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the past I have seen a Blue Heron up in a tree but never perched on top of a bird house. I believe the bird was sunning itself. It is amazing when a great, unusual photo, surprise opportunity presents itself.

 

Beth - November 25, 2017 - 8:10 am

Love this. I actually saw him perched on the roof peak of the big barn this week. In my 20 Plus years here I have never see that either. I love reading your blogs!!!!

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