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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Top 34 fox and badger sightings on the Simon King Wildlife Website I had in 2017 so far

You know, over this last you I have developed an interested in red foxes and I have learned about the Simon King Wildlife website and definitely enjoy their work.  The site is based out of England and they have several different web cams you can watch.  My favorites are the "Fox Family Camera" and the "Badger Fox Feeder Camera".  The Fox Family camera is set up in someone's garden in the London area (wouldn't know them personally since I don't live in England) and the Badger Fox Feeder Camera is set up in some meadows in England.  Anyways, I've been watching those 2 cams off and on over the past year and definitely have sightings worth sharing (mostly foxes, though some badgers too).  I like how the cams offer good opportunities to see these otherwise very elusive creatures and in a way you are not likely to spook them.  In this post, I will share some of the best sightings I have had thus far for this year.  Note that these are not every sighting I have had, there are some I haven't shared, but I thought I would share these screen shots I took.

In this photo are 2 badgers feeding on camera.  Usually there is only one badger present, but sometimes there are more than one badgers.  When watching the Badger Fox feeder camera, especially at night, be sure to be on the look out for these guys.  They usually do make appearances at night.

While most fox sightings I have seen happen at night, sometimes they can happen in day light hours.  It is worth mentioning that there is about an 8 hour difference between Seattle time (where I live) and London time (far far away from Seattle) so when it is 8 am here in Seattle, it is about 4 pm in London (late afternoon there).  Or when it is midnight here, it is 8 am there.   

This red fox is sitting pretty almost right in front of the camera.  I wonder if he/she knows if it is a star of the show?

Here is a fox and badger feeding together and getting along just fine.  Usually you only see one of these guys at a time on camera, but sometimes they can make dual appearances like this one.  Not sure if foxes eat badgers, but they both seem to be too well fed to really think along those lines.

Aw this guy seems to be a bit camera shy.  Probably notices the camera (not sure why else the fox seems to be cowering).  There really is no audio when watching the web cams and I can't see anything behind the camera, so I have no idea what the fox is seeing (besides the camera) or hearing for that matter, but something seemed to spook him.  Though in my experience (like the ones I saw on San Juan Island earlier this month), red foxes are pretty timid animals and can get scared off pretty easily.  Often times when they see you, they will just look at you and run away (or at least keep their distance).  They are also great at hiding too (especially here in North America).

This fox is more bold (not sure if it is the same guy as above) and walks right past the camera.  Happened in the meadows.

This guy seems to be watching the camera from right behind the log.  Not sure if people man the cameras on the website (or how often), but this fox definitely seems to notice the camera and is looking right at it.

Hungry fox, eating as usual.  I think the owners of the garden put out food for the animals (can make a good lure, thought about doing something like that with my trail cam sometime) and every so often you can see the foxes eating the food.  After all, why let it go to waste?  Interestingly, the animals do share the food with other foxes and other animals too (seen mice and squirrels eating the food too, even a black cat on a few occasions as well).

On the Badger Fox Feeder cam, someone usually puts out seeds and nuts in the field and the foxes / badgers can often be seen feeding on them. Interestingly, sometimes you can see mice roaming around too and I wouldn't be surprised if the foxes feast on the mice sometimes too.

This fox is looking right at the camera again.  I wonder if he knows he is the star attraction on the web cam?  

Another fox feeding right in front of thee camera.  The guy must be pretty hungry.  
I have noticed that sometimes the web cams will zoom in on the foxes (probably happens when someone is manning the cameras) and I managed to get a screen shot action this particular time.  Shows almost a really up close shot of one of the foxes feeding (probably not knowing someone is filming him).  Foxes tend to be regular in the lady's yard.  Not sure if I get foxes in my own back yard (though one of my neigbors claim that she has seen some), but I do seem to have a resident coyote that comes through sometimes (caught on my trail cam), possibly a resident bobcat too.  



You can see these two foxes (also below) walking along the sidewalk in the garden, almost making themselves right at home.  Probably would be an interesting experience having some resident foxes coming through almost every day.


This guy is treading along, probably not noticing the camera

Another up close shot of the fox on the badger fox feeder camera, feeding as usual.  Badgers are probably more common than the foxes on that camera, but foxes do make appearances sometimes as well (though maybe not as often as the ones in the Fox Family camera do).

Here is another daylight sighting of one of the foxes I saw on camera (probably evening hours London time, given the 8 hour time difference between Seattle time and London time.)

Here are some red fox kits on camera (baby foxes).  Appears the vixen fox (Fleur I assume) had some more babies and they started making appearances.  Pretty cute to watch too.  Sightings tend to be more active when the kits are present and you can often see 2 or more of them out at a time (sometimes with the mother watching them too).  Obviously, they are grown up by now, but they were kits back then.  BTW, PBS recently did a special on foxes too, showing some kits growing up in Newfoundland (see http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/fox-tales-about/15471/ for the episode)

This fox was looking right at the camera.  This guy is probably like, "thanks for my dinner".


Another fox sighting on the Badger Fox Feeder Camera.  His fur seems to be thicker than in previous photos.  I have heard that foxes tend to be a common sight where there are open areas (such as farm country or in the prarie areas of San Juan Island).  You know, I'd be tempted to park somewhere along marsh road sometime near Snohomish and watch for coyotes and foxes when I get the chance sometime.
This fox was curled up right by the camera and napping.  One cute thing about foxes is that sometimes when they sleep (not always of course), they will curl up with their big bushy tails and use their tails as a pillow / blanket.  Sometimes you can see them sleeping on the porch in the day time, though not always.  



Another night time sighting of one of the resident foxes on the Fox Family cam.  Sightings tend to happen randomly (one moment they might not be around and the next moment they are there).  Can be good to check the cams periodically as I find that you are more likely to have sightings when keeping a tab open and checking them occasionally.

This guy is sitting pretty in the garden almost right by the porch.  Seems to be pretty tolerant of the humans in the area.

Another closeup shot of one of the foxes feeding as usual.  Sometimes you can also see them feeding on squirrels and /or mice too if they are hungry enough.  

Here is a really closeup shot of one of the foxes on the fox family camera.  You can see his face and eyes pretty well.  If you didn't know any better, you would think it is a coyote (at least the appearance is similar), though in reality it is a fox (not sure if England gets coyotes like America does).  


Another fox on the prowl in the garden.  It is worth mentioning that there are multiple resident foxes in the area so sometimes you can see 2 or more of them at a time.

This badger was feeding right in front of the camera.  Northwest Trek has badgers that you can see, though I can't say I have seen a badger in the wild (seen foxes in the wild before, with my most recent sighting taking place on San Juan Island, but not badgers).

In this video, a vixen fox (Fleur?) is watching her kits as they feed on their dinner.  Interestingly kits will compete when trying to eat.  Like any mother in real life, this vixen makes sure her kits are well fed each day.

In this photo, I did a pun on Tails the Fox (from Sonic the Hedgehog).  Used Microsoft Paint (sorry I don't have photoshop) to add an extra tail to this guy.  Thought it would be funny.  Most (if not all) real foxes probably don't have 2 tails, let alone fly (all of the ones I have seen in real life only have one tail), but in the Sonic Universe anything is possible, including 2 tailed flying red foxes like Tails.

Here is a random photo I saw of Tails on Google (image source: https://www.proprofs.com/quiz-school/story.php?title=1dq-tails-the-fox)

Here is a daytime sighting of one of the fox kits.  Seems to be getting familiarized with his surroundings, including the web cam watching him (have no idea what genders the foxes are, though at least one of them is a vixen)
Here is a rare daytime sighting of 2 red foxes together.  Usually there is only one present at a time (especially in the day light hours), but this time around there were 2 of them present.
Here is a night time sighting of 2 foxes together.  Usually when I have sightings there will only be one present, but sometimes you can see 2 or more of them at a time.  Sometimes they can fight over food too.  I have heard that Fleaur (the vixen/matriarch fox) is territorial and will drive off foxes she doesn't recognize from her turf (though these 2 guys seem to get along jut fine).



Aw these 2 foxes are feeding together and are getting along just fine.  How nice?  

Credit of these screen shots ultimately goes to the owner of the Simon King Wildlife website https://www.simonkingwildlife.com/.  Web Cams can be found at https://www.simonkingwildlife.com/badger-fox-feeder-cam/ and at https://www.simonkingwildlife.com/fox-family-cam/

On a side note, these web cams have insipired me to get a trail camera of my own.  It is not quite the same as a web cam, but it is supposed to go off whenever something goes right by it (like animals at night) and although I have yet to see a fox in my own back yard (though one of my neighbors think that we might have both resident foxes and coyotes), I have seen some coyotes on camera occasionally, which make me think we may have a resident coyote or two.  Check out this guy below (this video was taken in my own back yard by the shed):
On another side note.  One good place I am aware of where foxes are most common here in Washington State: San Juan Island, especially in the American Camp area of the island.  I have heard it is a hot spot for fox sightings before and got to see it for myself when I was there earlier this month (probably saw about 8 different foxes in the area during my hike).  Will have to bring my trail cam with me should I go on a camping trip sometime.  Might get some foxes on camera if I do (not to say I will have some to share, but you never know).  Will have to go there again sometime next year sometime and try and get more footage of them.  BTW, unlike the foxes in England, the red foxes here in Washington (especially both at Mount Rainer and on San Juan Island) come in many different colors.  You may encounter the traditional red fox variety (with the reddish orange coats) or you may encounter say a cross fox (they have darker fur and a black mask on their faces) like the one I saw near Monroe Washington last December, a black fox (like some of the cascade red foxes at Mt Rainer), or even a silver fox (like some of the ones I saw on San Juan Island that the silver black fur and a black tail with a white tip).

By the way, have you checked out the web cams on Simon King Wildlife's website?  Feel free to share your experience or sightings.  Also, have you ever been curious about what kinds of wildlife comes through your own back yard?  You might want to consider getting a trail camera or a web camera (like the ones that the Simon King Wildlife website has) and you never know what make appearances on your camera.  Who knows, you may even get a family of foxes, coyotes, and/or wolves coming through from time to time.

Food for thought: Did my dad see a fox retreating into the woods last year?

I thought I would share a possible fox sighting my dad may have had last November.  It was shortly after Halloween and I was helping my dad throw out old pumpkins (there was compost pile area near the woods) and at one point my dad said he saw what looked like a bushy tail and something retreating into the woods.  He wasn't sure if it was a fox or coyote, but he did seem to see something.  I am not 100% sure if it was he fox he say (could have been a coyote), but one of my neighbors thinks there might be foxes lurking around in my neighborhood in addition to coyotes, and whatever my dad saw disappeared into the woods pretty quickly (reminds me of what most foxes do as soon as they see people, they look at you and run away), plus my golden retriever was closeby too, so my dog probably spooked it as well.  One downside to it being a fox is that I can't say I have ever seen a fox in my own neighborhood and they usually come in the form of coyotes instead.  Of course, with my trail cam, I will definitely have to keep my eyes peeled for foxes.  Seen coyotes and bobcats (along with the usual rabbits, birds, squirrels and opossums) before but no foxes yet (even when setting up the camera right in the area where my dad saw the tail).  Of course seeing a fox on my trail camera would be quite the discovery to share if I do see one.  Only time will tell for sure of course.

Important Disclaimers about this post:
- Earnings disclosure: I do have some ads on my site (like the ones for Amazon's trail cams) and I may earn a commission if people respond to them.  On a side note, contributions are always welcome and earnings will go towards keeping this site alive indefinitely (could open the door to doing more things too like visiting more places and getting better footage of animals), even kicked around the idea of going to Mount Rainer again sometime next year and try and get footage of the cascade red foxes (didn't see them last time I was there, but it might be worth another shot sometime), but can't do it without both the extra time and money.
- About Simon King Wildlife Website.  I don't own that website nor the web cams.  Nor am I affiliated with them in any way (though I have subscribed to their channel and liked their page on Facebook).  Just a blogger and have gotten a kick out of watching the web cams.  If you have questions, comments or concerns about their website or the cams, you will probably need to contact the webmaster directly (they would be able answer questions better than I can).
- I don't live in England (Seattle area to be exact) and I can't say I have ever been there either, so I wouldn't know much about England nor am I an expert on the Foxes or Badgers there.  I am sure the webmaster at Simon King Wildlife might be able to help you on questions you might have about England.  I do live relatively close to Canada (less than about a 2 hour drive north of Everett, Washington) which is kinda similar to England in some ways (much bigger country though) but I have never been to England and wouldn't know much about that country.
- I can't guarantee you will have sightings of foxes or badgers.  Sightings usually occur randomly and sometimes they are there and sometimes they are not.  I can't really predict when you will have a sighting, though your best bet for having sightings would be anytime between dusk and dawn London time (though sightings can happen during the day time too sometimes, especially late in the afternoon and early in the morning).  Nevertheless I can't promise you will have sightings when watching the cameras. 
   

Two REAL foxes listening to Ylvis The Fox

Here is another funny video to watch.  Have you ever heard the song, "What does a fox say?"  Well, in this video, 2 live foxes listen to the song.  Pretty funny to watch.



You can also watch this video at http://www.uvioo.com/watch/?m=ryansjones&so=yt&v=bb85JkRl2Yo.

Commentary:
I have heard this song before, about these dudes making fun of what I like to call "fox language".  Foxes, in my experience are usually the "strong silent types", but like any animal, they do have their own unique sounds and noises they make and I am sure they can be quite noisy when they want too (especially their loud vixen screams during mating season, along with gekkering too).  I have seen Tails Reaction video as well, though unlike in that video, you get some real live foxes listening in.  Kinda cute to watch.  Bet the foxes think the song is weird and yet interesting to watch. 

BTW, I has got to be an interesting experience owning pet foxes as exotic pets (especially red or arctic ones).  I don't personally know of anyone owning pet foxes and although it would be tempting to buy one myself, my state (Washington) doesn't allow them (last I checked) and even I could buy a fox (and I think there are some states that allow foxes as pets, like Wisconsin if I remember correctly), I am sure they are not cheap to buy (usually you have to buy them from breeders in Russia or at least some middleman) and honestly, I wouldn't know how to raise foxes.  I've lived with dogs (like Tucker and Angel), but never lived with a fox so I definitely wouldn't know what I would be getting myself into should I buy one.  Yet, there are people out there that have pet foxes and they are interesting videos to watch. 

Here is the video with Tails reacting to the song.  Pretty funny to watch too (even though Tails is just a fictional fox). 


LUCIFUR (the cat) IS A DICK Video

Here is another funny Youtube / Uvioo video (will start sharing some of the videos there too) featuring a cat in the foreground and another cat (presumably Lucifer) hidden in the cupboard.  Pretty funny video to watch.

This video was pretty funny to watch.  Reminds me of another video I have seen (like animals can be jerks).  I don't have any cats myself (actually allergic to them too), but they can be funny to watch sometimes.

Video can also be seen at http://www.uvioo.com/watch/?m=ryansjones&so=yt&v=cvJ2BDkcLjE

Here is the Cats can be jerks video too:

On a side note, one of my aunt (Linda Kay) owns some cats, though usually they hide when I visit her.  BTW, do you have any cats?  Feel free to share your experiences

Friday, October 20, 2017

PET THE LAMB THAT THINKS IT'S A DOG! Video

Here is another funny youtube video: in this video there is a lamb with some border collies and he seems to think he is a dog.  Kinda cute to watch

This video can also be found on Uvioo at http://www.uvioo.com/watch/?m=ryansjones&so=yt&v=0y2ZxgJNlWs

Never lived with farm animals, but I do have dogs so I can kinda relate in a way.  

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU LEAVE A TETHERBALL IN THE FOREST video

Here is a funny video I found where some dude set up a tetherball in some forest and some rams come by and start hitting it.  Pretty funny video to watch


This video is pretty ingenious, especially considering I now have a trail camera myself too.  you never know what you might find on camera.  

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Arctic Foxes Destroy Filmmaker's Camera

Here is a video clip posted by Nature on PBS from the episode "Fox Tales"







This video was kinda funny and cute to watch.  The film makers were doing a documentary on the arctic foxes (though most of the episode was centered around red foxes after seeing it myself) and the foxes started getting curious about the cameramen and got into some mischief with the cameras.  Pretty funny to watch.  BTW I wonder what the red foxes thought about the filming?

Educating people about Carrie fox

Here is an interesting video that Bramblewood House posted about foxes







In the video, apparently some people were commenting that red foxes are dangerous and in this video, the lady filming the foxes is able to refute the claims.  Based on my experience with foxes, they are usually not aggressive or dangerou and are usually more likely to run away from a person than to attack them.  Last Monday, I went walking around in the South Beach and American camp areas on San Juan Island and although they can look intimidating at first (especially the ones I saw up close), they are actually pretty shy and usually keep their distance around people (sometimes run away too).  Definitely would feel more safe encountering a fox in the wild (such as seeing one when hiking in the woods) than a coyote or a wolf.  Of course, I am sure there are some exceptions to this. For example, I have heard that they can become aggressive if you corner one.  Also, sometimes there are isolated incidents like this one: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-21399709.



What do you think of foxes?   

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Red Fox Feeding Time

Thought I would share this video: red fox feeding time.  Check out these 3 foxes in action



Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Trail Cam Results October 8 to October 10

Sorry it has been a while since my last post on my trail cam results.  Went to San Juan Island yesterday (took the 9:30 am ferry) and had to get out early to catch the ferry in time (did see some wildlife there, including some red foxes).  Anyways, here are some of my latest catches.

Here is my dog, Tucker.  He wandered by where my camera is set up
Saw this rabbit on camera.  We do seem to have some families of rabbits residing in my back yard.  They are definitely a common sight in my back yard

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Another rabbit on video:

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Opossum caught on camera - been seeing some opossums at night too on my trail camera.  Pretty small animals, but the camera still picks up on them. 

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Brief coyote sighting - you can briefly see this guy on the right side of the video
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Oppossum sighting
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Black Lab on camera (my neighbor's dog Hank).  I have noticed that my neighbor's dog tends to wander over towards the shed in my yard sometimes.  Here is a video of the dog snooping around as usual.  Might be picking up on the scents of oppossums, rabbits or even coyotes.  Interestingly, my dog seems to be unphased by Hank when he comes by at night (normally in the day, Tucker would be barking if he sees the other dog coming into the yard).

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Another coyote on camera.  Not sure if coyotes attack big dogs like labs, but dogs definitely have to be wary of coyotes in the area (especially small dogs).  Interestingly, this sighting occured about 30 minutes after the black lab Hank came by.  Had Hank been there 30 minutes later, he would have encountered this coyote.  Interestingly, this coyote seems to hang around a bit and sniffing around (may be on to something)
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Saw this squirel on camera.  Funny thing is near the end of the video, he seems to run towards the camera (maybe thinking someone is there, even though I was gone all day yesterday, viewing foxes on San Juan Island)
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Had a night time sighting of a rabbit
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Other sightings includes: Hank again (seems to be a regular over by the shed), another coyote (gets really close to the camera too), and another rabbit.  A few times, the camera went off, but nothing was there (couldn't see what was there).

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Here are some observations from my captures so far:
- My neighbor's dog Hank (black lab) is a regular in the area.  Interestingly, my dog doesn't seem to be phased by Hank's visitations at night.  He seems to be sniffing around (so he might be sensing something, like squirels, rabbits, or even the feral cat I see sometimes).
- We do seem to have a resident coyote (maybe more than one) in the neighborhood.  Though I suppose it is not much of a suprise.  After all, I do live in a rural part of Snohomish (Dutch Hill vincinity) and my house backs up to a forest, so coyotes and probably be expected.  Definitely have to be careful letting my dogs out at night (especially Angel the shih tzu).
- Rabbits frequent the area along with squirels
- Had my first bobcat sighting on camera last week (actually had 2 sightings that day: one on camera and the other with my own eyes).  The other sighting happened when I was having a drink on my deck (made a moscow mule drink) and saw a bobcat wander right through the yard.  Interestingly the camera didn't pick up on the other bobcat.
- There seems to be a feral cat that might be living under the tool shed (seen that a few times and in at least one video it actually goes under the shed).
- Finally got some opossums on camera
- Interestingly, sometimes the camera goes off, but nothing seems to be there.  Not sure what causes those ones, but it seems like there may be some animals not seen on camera that are in the area.  There could be some surprises in store over time.  Could they be bears? Cougars? Red Foxes (my dad thinks he may have seen a fox retreating into the woods once last year, though at least he saw the tail)?  On a side note, I did see a cross phased red fox near Monroe last December (so they may be present in some areas, though there are coyotes in my neighborhood so foxes are probably scarce as a result).  Did have more fox sightings yesterday on San Juan Island too (saw at least 8 foxes there, mostly silver foxes with the occasional regular red foxes).  Only time will tell what all I get.  Interestingly, winter is fast approaching (only 2 months away) so it will be interestingly to see how colder weather (affects things on my camera, especially when it snows again). 

Will check the camera trap again on Thursday.  Stay tuned for more revelations.

Silver Phase Red fox on San Juan Island

Here is a relatively short video I took of one of the foxes I saw on San Juan Island.  The sighting occured in the South Beach area (close to the American Camp).  



I was curious about the red fox population on San Juan Island.  I've heard about them and seen pictures and videos other people posted of them, most notably a friend of mine share some pictures with me of some pictures one of her friends got of the foxes:


Yeah. after visiting the American Camp area myself yesterday, I can definitely conclude that the area is definitely a great place to see red foxes in the wild.  It should be worth noting that the fox I got a video of was not the only fox I saw.  Over the course of the day, I saw at least 8 different foxes in the area, mostly silver phase red foxes (the greyish black looking ones with the black tails), though I did see some of the more traditional red foxes too (the ones with the redish orange coats).  This was definitely different from when I visited the island back in April and went to a wedding at Roche Harbor.  That time, it was mostly overcast and rainy and I didn't see any foxes (though I didn't visit the American Camp area either that time).  Yesterday I did alot more.  After visiting the Friday Harbor area a bit, I explored the island, walked around at Roche Harbor and eventually made it to the American Camp area.  At first I didn't see any foxes, but when I got lunch in town at the Kung Fu pizza place one of the ladies working there told me that the South Beach area is a really good place to see foxes, so I took her advice and walked around that area.

So what I did is that I got out of the car, brought binoculars with me along with my windows phone and sure enough I started hiking along one of the trails leading up to the American Camp settlement along with the visitor center and sure enough as I looked into the field with my binoculars I saw the foxes (though you can also see rabbits and deer in the field too).  Most of them were on the prowl roaming the field (probably hunting mice and rabbits) and you can easily watch them with binoculars.  Most were fairly good distance away, though I did enounter a few of them pretty close too.
The foxes I saw mainly come in 2 forms: the silver phased red fox (like this guy below):

And the more traditional red fox (like this guy below):

The most common ones I saw were the silver foxes, though I did see some of the regular red foxes too (the ones with the orange / red coats).

My only regret on the trip is that I forgot to bring my digital camera with me.  Meant to bring it with me and had packed it but accidently left it at home, otherwise I may have gotten some better pictures and video of the foxes (especially the fox I saw near the end of my trip that I got on video, probably could have zoomed in on him and got a closer shot with a digital camera, but hey that is something for me to remember on future trips there).

Notes and observations about watching red foxes at San Juan Island
- If you are visiting San Juan Island and want to see some foxes, your best bet for having some sightings is in the American Camp area near the southern tip of the island (where you get all of the prarie and grasslands).  Sure you may encounter foxes elsewhere on the island (even Roche Harbor at the northern end of the island supposedly gets foxes sometimes too, at least according to a store clerk I talked to back in April), but they are much easier to spot near the southern end of the island (in the prarie area). Would probably have to spend more time on the island to get a more accurate grasp of the foxes there (probably a good camping trip would help) but your best bet for seeing foxes is along the southern end of the island (American Camp / Cattle Point vincinity).
- Bring binoculars and be sure to go on a day when it is sunny.  Easier to walk the trails there too on sunny days.  Some foxes can be spotted in the distance in the field and it is easier to spot them with binoculars.  You can usually recognize the foxes when you see their white tipped tails.
- The foxes are smaller than you would expect and can blend in the tall grass there.
- Interestingly, while most foxes can be spotted in the distance, some can "pop up" almost right next to you.  I remember at least 2 instances where I encountered a fox up close (less than 50 yards away).   You can be walking along the trail or road in the field and all of the sudden you will see a fox come out right by you and you won't know that the fox is there till you see it and it sees you.  Usually when this happens, the fox will look at you and run off (though if you have quick enough reflexes, you might be able to snap a photo before it runs off).  The fact that they can pop up at any moment as you hike around the prarie definitely keeps you on your toes as you never know where you might encounter a fox.  On the postive note, the foxes there seem to be pretty harmless and aren't likely to attack you unless if you corner them (usually they will run off when they see you or at least keep their distance).  Some will hang around and watch you though (like the one I got a video of).
- The foxes can come out in broad daylight too.  I got to to the American Camp area around 2ish and didn't leave till after 5 and they were already out and about in the field.
- Be sure to bring a good digial camera or at least one that can zoom in on things as the foxes can be tricky to get photos or video of.  I was stuck with my windows phone camera and although it can zoom in a little bit, it is not as good as a good digital camera.  Probably could have gotten better photos myself if I had my digital camera with me.
- You are better off going on foot and roaming the trials for be best chances of seeing the foxes as opposed to driving on the roads.
- While the foxes can seem intimidating at first (may startle you if you are not familiar with them, especially ones that "pop up" real close), they seem to be pretty harmless.  Usually they keep their distance and even if they do come close they usually run away as soon as they see you (happened to me twice where I came across a fox pretty close up and it looked at me and ran off).  There are signs that basically warn people not to feed them or get too close to them, but they are definitely more likely to run away from you than attack you so they are pretty safe to view in my opinion.  The only 2 ways they can become aggressive is if 1) you corner them or 2) feeding them even when warned not to (habituated foxes).  Other than that be sure to enjoy "the show" when you come across some foxes in the field.

By the way, it would be interesting to see if any of the foxes ever wander into Friday Harbor (the main town of San Juan Island).  Well that is all for now.  Other animals I saw includes: deer, rabbits, a camel (there is a farm along the road to Roche Harbor where you can see a live camel), some seals, and possibly some minke whales (definitely saw some animals swimming around in the Puget Sound along the ferry).  San Juan Island (especially near American Camp) is definitely one of the the better places to see red foxes in the wild compared to other parts of the state (moreso than Mount Rainer in My opinion) and can be a good place to go to see some.

Have you ever been to San Juan Island?  Feel free to share your experiences below

Went on a San Juan Island Adventure Yesterday. Saw whales, seals...and even foxes

You know ever since I have developed an interest in foxes last year, I have been wanting to visit the American Camp area on San Juan island.  The area is near the southern tip of the Island and mainly consists of prarie, bluffs, beaches, a light house and even an old fort area that you can visit.  It is also supposed to be a hotspot for red fox sightings.  And sure enough I visited San Juan Island yesterday (had the day off and finally got my opportunity to go there) and saw just about everything.  Visited the Whale Museum, had lunch in Friday Harbor (had pizza), visited Roche Harbor, explored the west side of the island (much more rugged than the east side, though you do get views of Vancouver Island in the distance at least on a clear day), and even visited the American Camp area.  And guess what, I even saw some red foxes too.  Here are the pictures I took and posted to Facebook:



I have to admit it was quite the trip.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Cool Critters: Gray Fox - KQED QUEST

Here is a video I found about gray foxes.  Not sure if we get gray foxes here in Washington State (mostly red foxes here), but Oregon does. 



Thursday, October 5, 2017

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Trail Cam results October 3-4

I checked my trail cam again this morning and caught some animals worth sharing about.  The night before, I didn't catch anything, so that is why I didn't post anything for October 2.  Anyways here are the results:

1. Several Rabbits like these 2 guys:

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Rabbits are definitely a plenty in my back yard.  Interestingly, my golden retriever Tucker will chase after them sometimes.  




2. One opossum - caught this small opossum on camera last night.



3. A coyote (yes another coyote on camera)


This video officially marks my second time catching a coyote on my game camera.  He definitely seems to be a reoccuring resident in my back yard.  He may be onto the opossum I saw earlier on camera.  BTW, my shih tzu Angel definitely has to be careful when going out at night as it is pretty clear that we do get coyotes in our back yard every so often.  Probably should have gotten a game cam a long time ago to get a bigger idea on how many coyotes we get.

4. Bobcat - caught this bob cat on camera.



This guy was definitely a new discovery for me.  Have seen 2 bobcats in my yard in the past (was in my hot tub last time I saw one), but now I got a clear sighting of this guy on my game camera.  Not 100% sure if it is a bob cat or if it is actually a lynx (bigger than bobcats), but it was definitely a bobcat type animal.  On a side note (update): I was having a drink on my deck this afternoon and had another bobcat sighting.  It walked through my back yard and I got up to look at it and it noticed me and ran into the woods, though it did walk by where I have my game cam set up so hopefully I will have another sighting of it to share tomorrow.  I won't know for sure till tomorrow, but the camera should have picked up on it again.

Those are all of the main captures I got last night. 

BTW have you ever considered buying a trail/game camera for yourself?  You definitely would be suprised to see what kinds of animals you get in your back yard, especially if you live in a rural area or wooded environment.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Whale watching in Juneau

More whale watching fun



Humpback whales can definitely be a very common sight in Southeast Alaska (especially during the summer months).  If you keep your eyes peeled, you just might see some, especially when cruising to Alaska.  BTW, this is where having a balcony room can be nice as you get pretty good views of the ocean, with extra opportunities to see whales.  Another common whale species: dahl's porpoises.  There are supposedly orca whales too, but I don't recall seeing any of them (you are definitely by far more likely to see a humpback whale than an orca whale in Alaska based on my own experiences).  Not really sure where to look for orcas or when they are most active.  Skagway also offers whale watching excursions too, though I ended up doing the White Pass Railroad excursion instead.  Whales are probably the most common animals you are likely to see along the inside passage (definitely moreso than say bears and wolves) for example, so it is good to keep an eye out for whales when sailing the inside passage