Posted by: Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean | March 14, 2017

A Red Fox on a cold winter’s day in Algonquin Provincial Park

A Red Fox on a cold winter’s day in Algonquin Provincial Park

On a cold winter’s day that included passing snow squalls, Bob and I ventured into Algonquin Provincial Park in hopes of seeing a Spruce Grouse.  Instead, we found ourselves in the company of a Red Fox.  Looking picture perfect, this Red Fox almost seemed to pose for our cameras while fine snowflakes settled on its fur.

For early March, the weather was seasonal…-12 Celsius with a brisk north wind…and by times, falling snow made visibility almost nil.

We had little time for this excursion into the Park so decided to check out the forest around Spruce Bog Trail.  Recent sightings of two different Spruce Grouses in recent days gave us hope that at last we might see one, and given the time of year, the males were displaying.  Despite using well-packed trails that took us deep into the woods, all we turned up were a number of Black-capped Chickadees, Canada Jays, a Downy Woodpecker and this friendly little Red-breasted Nuthatch.

After completing a circular route through the evergreens, we were brought back to the kiosk that holds a Guest Book and the suet feeder that is positioned on a tree.  At least 4 Woodpeckers were on site, 3 Hairy’s and one Downy.

Bob and I were so focused on the tree branches above us that we totally overlooked a Red Fox that had stepped out from the underbrush and was scouting the ground for scattered bits of suet.

Bob and I kept our distance to no avail.  The Red Fox seemed quite habituated and approached us where we stood.  When I accidentally dropped a glove, the Red Fox was particularly curious.  I retrieved my glove quickly from the ground.

We were pleased to see that the Red Fox appeared healthy with a very thick coat of winter fur.  It would be able to withstand the polar air easily.

Visit A Red Fox on a cold winter’s day in Algonquin Park for the full post.

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