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Red Fox

Cecily Nabors reports on the wildlife in a suburb of D.C. A professional nature writer, Cecily’s work can be seen in Audubon Naturalist News, Bird Watching Magazine, and Bird Watcher’s Digest.

Cecily Nabors

This morning while we were eating breakfast, a squirrel came racing across our patio. In hot pursuit was a handsome red fox. The squirrel was there to harvest seeds dropped from our bird-feeders; the fox was there to seize his own breakfast opportunity. He might have been hunting for himself or he might have a mate and pups nearby.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Red Fox sketch by Diane Ford

The squirrel fled across the yard with the fox close behind. The chase ended at the foot of our big red maple. Stymied, the fox trotted back across our patio. He looked very healthy: his reddish fur was thick and glossy, his black legs were trim and springy, and his fluffy white-tipped tail was a thing of beauty floating behind him.

At the edge of the lawn, he lifted his leg on a clump of daffodils, rounded the blackberry bushes (no doubt planning to return…

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  1. Diana, I love getting your newsletter!  Every one of the topics is interesting, to me at least!  Would love to see Washington the way you have been privileged to see it!  All the best to ya!   Bob J.

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