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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Fox Web Cam Sightings album

Over the last few months, I've been watching these web cams at the Simon King Wildlife website and I have had my share of sightings and been documenting many of them (though not every sighting).  Created an album on Facebook showing off the many fox and badger sightings I have had.  These web cams are pretty interesting to watch and offers a very unique look at these otherwise very elusive creatures:
You know, I'd be tempted to set up a similar web cam or camera traps in my own back yard and see what animals lurk in my own backyard when everybody is sleeping.  I am not sure if we get red foxes or badgers in my neck of the woods here in Snohomish, Washington (though I did have a night time fox sighting just a few miles east of my house on one of the back roads near Monroe and every now and then I will pick up on the same skunk-like scent that I smelled when I visited the fox exhibit at Northwest Trek in the air, possibly indicating that there may be some foxes hidden nearby while I am driving), but we get other kinds of animals, including coyotes, raccoons, occasional black bears, bob cats, and even bald eagles.  Will have to visit cabelas or bass pro shop sometime and seeing about buying one (though I am sure they can be expensive to buy so I would probably have to save up for one).  Anyways, I am a fan of the Simon king wildlife website and am amazed to see the many different animals on them.  Even when the foxes and badgers are not present, you might see other wildlife too, such as squirrels, birds, mice, and I have even some black cats too on the fox family camera. It is also worth noting that I live in the Seattle area and the cameras are based out of England, so there is about an 8 hour time difference between my time and their time, so when it is middle of the night here, it is morning there (though times do seem to overlap a bit sometimes).  I can't say I have ever been to England before, but might consider taking a trip there someday if an opportunity arises.

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Important disclaimers:
- I don't own www.simonkingwildlife.com or any of their cameras, nor am I associated with them in any way.  For any questions, concerns or comments you might have for them or their web cams, you might want to visit their website and and connect with the admin there that way (alternatively you could connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube).  I could try to answer some questions but they would know more things than I do.
- I have never been to England before (the only other country I personally have been to besides the United States is British Columbia Canada), so I can't say I am an expert on England nor any of the wildlife there.  So I am sure there are lots of things about England that I wouldn't know the answer to.
- Sightings of red foxes(fox family cam and fox badger feeder camera) and badgers (fox badger feeder camera only) tend to be hit and miss and I can't guarantee sightings every time.  Even for me sometimes the cameras can be quite active and at other times they can be very quiet with little or no activity.  Also fox sightings tend to be rather brief too (they can be there one moment and gone the next moment).
- One word about content on the cameras: the cameras are maintained by the owners of the Simon King website and they show wildlife live (both day and night).  Animals wake up, run around, eat, etc.  I have observed that the foxes will sometimes hunt the mice, squirrels and birds and have been known to eat some of them (can be hard to watch sometimes) and even get in fights with other foxes too sometimes.  Some animals can get frisky too (especially during fox mating season).  I'd probably rate the cameras as pg as a result.
- These pictures are not every sighting i have seen (I have had sightings that I don't post about, especially very brief sightings or sightings where the animals move around too much to get a good snapshot of them)

By the way, when watching the web cams, feel free to share your encounters below in the comments section.

Red Foxes on San Juan Island, Shared with me by a friend of mine on facebook

I know i haved developed a thing for foxes lately (beautiful animals) and I have been curious to see where are some good places to see the red foxes in my area and one popular place to see them is on San Juan Island (particularly the American Camp area).  Check out these pics shared with me by Tara (note: i didn't take any of these pictures so I don't take any credit for them):

So apparently, San Juan Island is a good place to look for them.  I can't say I have ever encountered them myself there, but maybe one of these days I will visit the south side of San Juan Island and see if I can see them for myself.  By the way, I did visit San Juan Island back in April and went to a family friend's wedding at Roche Harbor, but I didn't see any foxes that time (I was keeping an eye out for them, but there was no sign of them as far as I could tell).  Though I didn't visit the American Camp area that time (wanted to but nobody else in my family wanted to), so that would probably have to be a seperate trip one of these days, though I have a much bigger trip coming up next month going to the Grand Canyon in Arizona, so maybe later this summer (though I am also planning to go to Alaska again in August) or early fall can make another trip there (if not, maybe sometime next year). Great contributions.  By the way, have any of you been to San Juan Island and encountered the red foxes there?  If so, feel free to share your experiences below.  On the side note, I did encounter the red foxes at Northwest Trek last week (one even came out to "say hello" too) which was pretty cool and they are not always the easiest animals to spot there either (though ironically they were by far easier to spot than the coyotes and cougars last time I was there).   Hey if only i had both the extra time and money, I could do more trips like that, but for now I just have to wait for an opportune time (same goes for Mount Rainer as that area too is supposedly a hot spot for fox sightings too).

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Red fox at Northwest trek - rare video of the foxes there

Here is an easy to miss animal at Northwest Trek: the Red Fox and yet this fox came out to say hi and gave me the perfect moment to get video footage of him with my tablet.  Note: I actually got 2 videos of them:


You know, it should be worth noting that this video is likely a first of its kind: showing off the red foxes at Northwest Trek.  I went to Northwest Trek last Thursday with the idea of getting footage of the red foxes there and sure enough at least one of them was out and about.  Northwest Trek is one of the few zoos I am aware of where you can see a red fox (though I have heard that the Greater Vancouver Zoo near Vancouver BC has red foxes too, though i'd have to see them for myself) and is about a 2 hour drive south of the Everett area and is literally on the way to Mount Rainer (though that would be a day trip in itself).  The park is unique in that visitors can go on a tram ride that goes around in a huge loop and you can see animals like bighorn sheep, caribou, elk, deer, and geese, and similar animals roaming around.  They also have a "walking tour" section (that functions more like a traditional zoo) where you can see animals you might see in the pacific northwest, including: raccoons (a common sight at Point Defiance Park in tacoma by the way, especially along the 5 mile drive section), cougars, black bears, coyotes, wolves and even foxes.  The foxes can be tricky to spot sometimes (though the enclosure is in a wooded area, which makes it easy for them to hide if they don't want to be seen) but for those who are patient and have good eyes, you are likely to see them.  When I was there, there were 2 foxes present: one was hiding behind some trees and I could see him poking his head out watching visitors like myself, and another was napping right out in the open.  Eventually the napping fox woke up and kinda came out to say hi.  Check it out.
By the way, I was being a little silly when I was asking the fox what does a fox say (I've heard that slang before) though I understand that foxes can be quite vocal if they want to (for example, see Youtube video on fox calls if you want to hear what red foxes usually say).

BTW, have you seen the foxes at Northwest Trek?  Feel free to share your experiences in the comments section below.

Check it out: raccoon in the tree at Northwest Trek

Check out this raccoon I saw at Northwest Trek last week.  He was literally hanging out up in the tree near his enclosure.