The young of our resident Gray Foxes are awfully cute. Once in a while they will make a den under a deck or wood shack. That's what happened for Michael Tilles at his place on The Sea Ranch. There are four kits in Michael's photo.
Pat Killen found a family of Gray Fox kits exploring a neighbor's property. The mother climbed up on what looks like a hot tub enclosure while two of her little kits tried to reach her. One successfully climbed up as you will see in the second photo.
The last photo shows the four kits exploring a float. Gray Foxes are year round residents of the Mendonoma Coast.
Thanks to Pat for allowing me to share his photos with you here.
Cathleen Crosby has a family of Gray Foxes near her home in Gualala. What fun she will have in the days to come, watching three Fox Kits growing up. They are very playful with each other and the Fox parents are quite devoted to their welfare.
It will be wonderful to see more photos of these cute kits in the days to come. Here is a favorite photo of a Gray Fox mother, perhaps exhausted from nursing. She's relaxing in a birdbath. This photo was taken by Lynda Opperman.
Thanks to Cathleen and Lynda for allowing me to share their photos with you here.
Lynda Opperman and Howard Curtis had fortune smile on them when a Gray Fox couple decided to raise a family under their deck on The Sea Ranch.
The mother Fox had just finished nursing so I entitled this first photo, "Dinner's over - let's play!"
You won't believe what the mother Gray Fox did - she climbed up into Lynda's birdbath and took a nice long soak. It probably felt good after nursing six kits.
You can see several other photos in this series on the Independent Coast Observer's web site at: www.mendonoma.com Click on On-Line Features and then Mendonoma Sightings.
Thanks to Lynda for allowing me to share her photos with you.