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Red Fox Kits Emerging From Dens

When a Red Fox kit first emerges from its den, its senses are on full alert and much utilized as it gets to know its new environment.  Every leaf and stick is picked up and investigated.  Every insect that flies by is snapped at.  Every scent is caught. Every bird (American Crow, in this instance) overhead is duly noted and watched.

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7 responses

  1. Alice

    Lots to encounter in our world, Red Fox kit. Enjoy your adventures!

    April 10, 2020 at 7:39 am

  2. Deborah Luquer

    Yet again, a hopeful beginning to a day. Baby fox

    April 10, 2020 at 8:08 am

  3. kathiefive

    I have a fox den visible from my house. If there are kits, what would be the time frame for emergence? Now until???? Do they mostly come out during the day, or are they active at night as well?

    April 10, 2020 at 9:47 am

    • Hi Kathie,
      Kits in this area are emerging from dens right about now. They stick very close to the den for the first few weeks. As time goes on, they venture further away, but for the next three months you will see a lot of them. They are active both in the day and at night. The parents will be bringing food back to the den regularly. In a couple of months an adult will start taking one kit at a time away from the lodge, to teach it to hunt. Gradually, as the summer wears on, you will see less of them as they get braver and more self sufficient. But from now through June and perhaps later, you will have the best entertainment in the world. Can’t imagine anything better during this pandemic! So glad you have their company and can watch their amazing antics!

      April 10, 2020 at 10:01 am

      • Alice

        What interesting & smart mammals 😁

        April 10, 2020 at 8:11 pm

  4. kathiefive

    I hope so! Still not sure if there are kits in there, so will be watching!

    April 10, 2020 at 10:34 am

  5. Mollie Babize

    Thank you so much for this regular connection with our native woodlands and all who live here with us! I’ve shared it with many folks, who also extend your reach. The more we know about this natural world around us, the greater we will care for it.

    In this time of corona, I experienced a death of another sort: a regal c.250-year-old maple had to come down two weeks ago (longer story of cables and drama and felling its entire 90’ self since limbing was too hazardous)… inside the core (it split right down to the stump) is the most beautiful compost I’ve ever seen: rich, dark black, crumbly and moist. I salvaged about 25 gallons of it before the tree guys returned to cut it up.

    Inside are these huge grubs. June bugs? are they responsible for creating black gold out of the rotten innards of this tree? and several seemed to be encased in what might have once been a (walnut?) shell. I’d love to hear what you know about these grubs and their value to ecology.

    Mollie Babize 73 Bear River Road Shelburne Falls, MA 01370 landline: 413-625-6005 text: 413-537-1961 mbabize@wequanogh.com pronouns: she/her

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    April 10, 2020 at 11:04 am

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