What You Can See on May 2
Submitted by Ted Williams on Tue, 05/02/2006 - 07:18.
From Audubon’s Earth Almanac by Ted Williams and compiled in “Wild Moments,” edited by Connie Isbell, Illustrations by John Burgoyne, Storey Publishing, 174 pages. Spying of Foxes It’s a major challenge to find a place in North America without red foxes, the most widespread terrestrial carnivore on earth. And you don’t have to leave suburbia to find their dens. Look for a mound of dirt and a burrow on a wooded slope. If it’s a fox den, the entrance is likely to be lined with bones and feathers and such playthings as shoes, gloves, shotgun shells, and plastic trucks. In May the plump, fuzzy pups begin to venture outside the den. They are not yet afraid of humans. No harm to sit for an hour and snap photos as they loll in the sun, play tug-of-war with their toys, or wrestle with each other, turning somersaults. A pup may even waddle over and sniff you. One reason for the astonishing success of this species is that it will eat almost anything—carrion, small mammals, turtles, frogs, fish, birds, eggs, insects, worms, fruit, nuts, grain. A red fox will pick berries with great delicacy, one at a time, puckering its lips.