Follow up to this morning’s post: Red fox with mouth full of prey

Photo by Chris Bosak
A red fox walks through the woods of New England, May 2020. Merganser Lake.

A Day on Merganser Lake

The fox was back and, boy, did it provide some photo opps. I saw it trotting along the trail behind my house again and watched it through the open windows of my sunroom. It paused briefly to look up at me, then continued a short way (about 30 feet) down the trail. It stopped for several seconds along the trail. At the time, I was simply taking photos and didn’t realize what it was doing.

Here’s where I should warn you that the story takes a bit of a gruesome turn, so stop here if the death of little critters upsets you. … You’ve been warned and, remember, it’s only nature running its natural course. (I’ll even add a ‘continue reading’ break here.) Continue reading

Birds to brighten your day: May 12

Photo by Chris Bosak
A red fox pauses in the woods of New England, May 2020. Merganser Lake.

A Day on Merganser Lake XXI

As you can tell, this post is mislabeled as it’s not a bird at all. I’ve been seeing for the past few weeks a fox run along the trail that runs behind my backyard (I’m assuming it’s the same fox.) Yesterday, the fox veered off the trail and cut into the deep woods. I, of course, went to check out the deep woods to see if I could find it. I did indeed find it, but it was fairly far away, as you can see from the photo. I still like the photo as it shows a wild animal in a very wild habitat.

For those who need their daily bird fix, below is a shot I got of a female eastern bluebird yesterday.

(Repeat text for context:  I’m running out of COVID-19 lockdown themes so from now until things get back to some semblance of normalcy, I will simply post my best photo from the previous day. You could say it fits because of its uncertainty and challenge. I’ll call the series “A Day on Merganser Lake,” even though that’s not the real name of the lake I live near in southwestern Connecticut, it’s just a nod to my favorite duck family.)

Photo by Chris Bosak
An eastern bluebird perches on a branch in New England, May, 2020. Merganser Lake.
Photo by Chris Bosak
A red fox pauses in the woods of New England, May 2020. Merganser Lake.

The fox and the mouse (guess who wins)

Photo by Chris Bosak A Red Fox finds a mouse on a driveway in Brookfield, Conn., winter 2016.

Photo by Chris Bosak
A Red Fox finds a mouse on a driveway in Brookfield, Conn., winter 2016.

Photo by Chris Bosak A Red Fox eats a mouse on a driveway in Brookfield, Conn., winter 2016.

Photo by Chris Bosak
A Red Fox eats a mouse on a driveway in Brookfield, Conn., winter 2016.

I was driving around this morning looking for a photo to take for work. When I found the perfect subject – just a sign in a yard to illustrate a story I’m working on – a Red Fox scampered through the scene and crossed right in front of the sign I was photographing anyway.

As the fox continued across the property it paused on the driveway to eat a mouse. I’m not sure if the fox caught the mouse right then and there, or if the mouse was already dead on the driveway and therefore an easy meal. My guess is that the mouse was already dead, perhaps getting run over by the property owner earlier that morning.

At any rate, the fox paused just long enough to pick up the mouse with its jaws, take three or four bites to position the mouse just right and gulped it down.

That is usually the type of thing I see when I don’t have my camera handy. I was lucky this time.

Don’t worry, I’ll have a more pleasant post for Christmas!