Saturday, January 23, 2016

Started out Birding Then Along Came A Fox

  It was a cloudy with temperatures in the 30's which isn't too bad for this time of the year. I made quick spots at various points along the shoreline in the Saybrook area. Some of my highlights included sightings of 22 Surf Scoter, 83 Ruddy Ducks, and a decent view of this Bufflehead which was hanging around some docks all by its lonesome.
 Some seals resting off on a distant rock. They seem to have become more numerous in Connecticut during recent years.
 My favorite sighting of the day was of this Red Fox which was sneaking around a marsh.it was fun to watch the way it would duck for cover,disappear and then reappear in another part of the marsh.
Non-birders sometimes ask me why I watch birds instead of other animals. I think the answer comes down mostly to numbers. I can usually see up to 100 or so species of birds in a month but I don't see a great variety of mammals in the wild other than deer so seeing a fox is a real treat for me.  

5 comments:

Linda said...

Your photos are lovely, Larry! I do like foxes. :)

Nan said...

Terrific! We almost never see foxes up here. Maybe one in 35 years. Coyotes, bears, deer, moose but no foxes.

The Furry Gnome said...

Nice look at a fox!

Cynthia McWilliams said...

Super foxy!!

Kathie Brown said...

Larry, I would love to see some ruddy ducks! it's been awhile since I have seen any, and i haven't ever seen one in Maine! I am amazed you saw seals in CT. i don't ever recall seeing any there before! what a treat! The fox is very handsome. I always like to see them as well. Nice photos!