Welcome to a photographic journey through the fields, woods, and marshes of New England
Here I’ll be sharing some of my favorite photographs from my forthcoming book Naturally Curious. I’ll be updating my blog periodically with new images, new stories, and more glimpses of New England in all seasons.
RED FOXES CLEANING DENS
Most authorities will tell you that red foxes don’t use dens in the winter, but a fox down the road has been using one all winter for shelter. Today I decided to check on the den, to look for tracks, scat or scraps of food nearby, and to my surprise found a large mound of fresh dirt and stones outside the entrance. Even though red foxes are breeding now, and not giving birth until late March or April, females are actively cleaning out several dens within their territory and then selecting one for their litter. Keep an eye peeled on hillsides with sandy soil, often in the woods but near a clearing, with a stream or pond fairly close by.