Wednesday, October 5, 2011

A fox in our backyard

Going through the fridge last week we found a Tupperware container with the remnants of three-week-old arroz con pollo. There was one piece of chicken left, a drumstick.  It was too old to eat, of course, and we don't put meat in our compost bin. But just tossing it seemed wrong. Repurpose! We got a bright idea: let's put it in front of the trail cam and see who comes to dinner!

We have been moving the trail camera to different locations in the hills here and have not gotten a lot of postable pictures.  We did see a few house cats or feral cats by a creek nearby (perhaps I'll post those later), and a bunch of blurry deer pictures.  We moved the camera into our back yard and put the drumstick a few yards in front of it.   A day later, the morsel was still there in front of the camera, but a couple of days after that it was gone.  We went to get the card out of the camera and 'OH NO' the batteries in the camera had died and there were no photos on the card.

Not completely daunted by this, we looked in the fridge for another item a critter might enjoy, and found a half of a cantaloupe that was never very good anyway and getting kinda old. We put it in front of the camera and 2 days later, voila, several very good pictures of a fox!  And a pair of raccoons, and a young buck.  All came to investigate the melon.

I'm not sure the species of the fox, all foxes look gray in the IR light at night.
Strange though, all they did was nibble on it.  It's still there.  Maybe we will get more pictures yet. Or maybe, like us, they didn't think the melon was very tasty.


  1. The dark socks, sure make it look like a red fox although those should be very rare (thank goodness) in the Bay Area. Are there reports of red foxes in your immediate area?

  2. Yes, JK, there are some red foxes in the area. At your prompting I looked up a picture of a local Red Fox
    and a local Gray Fox
    To me a Red Fox looks more lanky and has a longer nose than this critter. I am thinking this must be a Gray Fox.

  3. It would be a little unusual for a gray fox to have such dark feet and shins but certainly possible. Need to get a color night cam out there I guess. Fun pics though.