Sunday, July 10, 2005

Foxes Climb Trees?


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Another blurry picture- I really need that Nikon!
Last evening, just before dusk, I spotted the fox pictured above.
It was nosing along the ground like a dog, running circle patterns on the dusty dirt.
When I appeared in the window with my camera, the fox took notice, but continued the search for food.
At that point I wasn't even sure whether this was a fox. The snout appeared shorter and it was making noises not unlike a cat.
Then it ran up a fruit tree! What the heck kind of creature out of the Island of Dr. Moreau was this?
Checking eNature I found that yes, they do climb!
Simply amazing!

23 Comments:

Blogger Susie said...

We have red foxes. They are fascinating and kind of creepy, too, don't you think? I saw my first, and thought, wow, that cat has a pointy face . . . and a bushy tail . . . aaagghh!

10:47 AM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

Hi susie!
That's what I'm saying!
It looked like a 'sorta' cat/dog/raccoon!
When it climbed the tree I didn't know what to think!

11:02 AM  
Blogger SoozieQ said...

Wow, it looks kinda like an Anteater with that LONG snout!

2:11 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

soozieq-
Just came in from outside working on the mulch pile... ain't life grand? If nothing else, I'm tanned!
I was thinking this picture looked like an anteater too!
I believe it had something hanging out of it's mouth in this shot.
I'd gone outside to take this picture, so I'm surprised it didn't have a hunk of me in it's mouth!

2:22 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Wow, you guys really are in a good spot to see so much wildlife. Much better than the kind I have to put up with in the city here. :-)

4:26 PM  
Blogger eclectic said...

Oooh, ooooh... a gray fox!! We only have red ones. I often tell the little eclectics that foxes are the link between canine and feline -- they're cat-like dogs! Soooo pretty!

8:39 PM  
Blogger SoozieQ said...

You went OUTSIDE to take the picture?? You're very brave!!

I agree with Eclectic, they are like a cat-dog.

I guess I'm kinda jealous of your mulch pile....are you jealous of my "Chamois Shirt" paint speckled hair though? (sidenote: I actually am jealous of your tan though. My only encounter with the sun is on potty breaks for the Dog. I sometimes drag him outside even though I KNOW he doesn't have to go. He humors me and squeezes out a drop ~ then looks at me like "Can we go inside now, it's HOT out here!")

9:08 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

squirl-
You're just seeing a different kind of wildlife... your partying neighbors!

eclectic-
I'd love to see a red fox!
They really are a cross between dogs and cats.

soozieq-
The fox was only about 3' long, maybe 4', so it wasn't huge. It probably wasn't a good idea, because it wasn't even scared of me.
Hope your painting job is all done, and no, I'm not jealous of your paint speckled hair... been there!

6:28 AM  
Blogger Mr. Bean said...

Dr. Moreau?

Did you see Marlon Brando and his little dwarf playing the piano?

7:15 AM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

chris v.-
I tend to get up a lot during movies, so I don't recall that scene.
I actually liked the original version much better... although I do love Val Kilmer!

7:35 AM  
Blogger Rae Ann said...

I'm not sure about in your area, but the red foxes here are pretty skittish of people. That's really cool that you see so much wildlife. I'm interested in shamanism with has to do with getting wisdom, lessons, visions, etc. from the nature around us. The keynote on foxes is about feminine magic of camouflage, shapeshifting and invisibility. A good book if you're interested is Aminal Speak by Ted Andrews.

8:01 AM  
Blogger cheesecakey said...

I thought the same thing as soozieq, that it looked like an anteater! Very cool!

8:56 AM  
Blogger Chackler said...

This makes me want to move out of Los Angeles County even more!!!

10:16 AM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

rae ann-
This fox wasn't too skittish, but I did make sure to move slowly.
Quite a while back I read a book in the genre you mentioned. Our cat had been missing overnight and wasn't coming to our calls, so I thought I'd try a little something.
It was windy, and my children watched me from inside. I tried to call the cat by casting my thoughts into the winds. Within about 30 seconds the cat came hopping over the fence. My kids were afraid of me for several weeks after that!

cheesecakey-
You're right. I wish the photo had come out better... oh well!

chackler-
Welcome! I'll bet you see some wildlife down there, but I guess that depends on where in the county you live?
I've read about coyote and mountain lion roaming neighborhoods in that region. Maybe that was up in the canyons?

12:59 PM  
Blogger SoozieQ said...

I tried to stay away from your comments because I tend to over~comment (it's part of my Blog Addiction), but you reeled me *right back in with the "casting my thoughts into the woods" thing.

What book/genre are you referring to?

2:33 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

soozieq-
I love your comments!
Don't remember the name of the book I read, but it was similar to what rae ann was talking about several comments above this.
I've always loved reading about mythology, witchcraft, the occult, folklore and the like.

2:45 PM  
Blogger Chackler said...

Sierra-,

I grew up in the Whittier hills. I use to go to sleep to the sound of coyote’s howling and hoot owls hooting. It was such a comfort to me, to know I wasn’t truly alone at night, you know? My forts were in huge pepper trees and there were wild boysenberries growing all over the place. We use to get deer, bobcats, and believe it or not we had a wondering herd of cattle on our front lawn. That was the best, though my dad wasn’t too keen on cleaning up after them.

I still live in the area but not as close to the hills. Once in a great while we will see a coyote in our neighborhood looking for food or water, but that’s about it. I miss it tremendously and hope that one day I will be able to live in a place like that again.

4:23 PM  
Blogger justdesserts said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I really like your pictures. We used to have a woods behind us, I would see red fox, and deer families every year. Nature, nothing else like it! Now we have condos behind us. They left the snakes and racoons for me. ha

6:16 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

chackler-
Sounds like the ideal childhood place to grow up!
I can see where your father wasn't happy about cleaning up the cow patties! Reading that makes me happy I only have to clean up after three dogs!

justdesserts-
Welcome!
The same thing happened to my aunt... developers just ruined the serenity of her property.

8:11 AM  
Blogger Greenthumb said...

you and your critters. let's get you that Nikon soon. With telephoto no less. MR. SB? You hearin me? XO

4:53 PM  
Blogger Assorted Babble by Suzie said...

Living on the farm, you would see all kinds of wild animals roaming around mainly around sunset or later. It was always neat to me riding my horse into the deep woods, the russling of the sound would startle a few sometimes and we would all get scared. Enjoyed your pic and your post.

10:14 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

greenie!-
I love my critters!
That Nikon has to have telephoto!
I mentioned the D70 to my daughter, and the first thing she says is "Oh, the thousand dollar camera?" Well yeah!

suzie-
Welcome!
Yep, it's usually dawn or dusk when we see all the good stuff!
I'd bet your horse got spooked!
Thanks for the compliment!

8:26 AM  
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