Laura Yale wrote, “We spotted three Gray Fox kits on the ninth hole at TSR Golf Course. We have watched them play and grow up these last weeks. It’s so much fun that it’s hard to concentrate on the golf!”
Adrian Bennett had a Gray Fox family in her yard at TRS. She wrote, “I have had the most fabulous five weeks with the fox family. Jeff Heenan and his crew recently built us a new deck. The fox family has made my deck their playground, running and chasing each other around planters, in and out of them, on top and bottom of furniture, terrorizing my outdoor pillows, and giving me endless house of laughter.”
The photo Adrian sent shows the Gray Fox kits at about two and a half weeks old.
Gray Fox kits have to be some of the cutest babies on the Mendonoma coast! Thanks to Laura and Adrian for allowing me to share their photos with you here.
Richard Kuehn recently photographed the white fawn with its normal colored sibling. Despite its lack of camouflage, it has survived and grown bigger. You can see it is coloring up just a bit.
The fawn can often be seen by the 8th and 9th holes of The Sea Ranch Golf Links. It does look like a magical being.
Thanks to Rich for allowing me to share his photo with you here.
Robert and Nancy Scarola recently witnessed several Cliff Swallows building nests in a tunnel on The Sea Ranch Golf Links. There was, of course, a muddy area nearby.
Here's one of the Swallows with a bit of mud, headed back to the nesting area. These Swallows fly so fast it was difficult for Robert to get this photo.
It looks like several nests are complete and occupied, as Robert's photo shows below.
Birds have to be among the most hard-working creatures on earth. Many migrate, some thousands of miles, twice every year. Then comes nest building, which in the case of these Swallows is a bit of mud, one bit after the other until the job is complete. Then they have to feed their young, tirelessly bringing insects back to the nest. It's easy to take them for granted but they are inspiring. Thanks to Robert for allowing me to share his photos with you here.
If you have Swallows build a nest in an inconvenient spot - say over your front door - please don't destroy the nest. Tack up a cardboard box so it will catch the waste. No mess for you below and a guarantee of a fun sighting in the weeks to come.