Foxes at the bird feeders

Red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) occur throughout much of North America and are frequently associated with towns and rural settlements. One morning in late February 2012 this pair, a 'pale' phase and a 'cross' phase, scouted our backyard at the edge of the Douglas-fir /  Birch forest. They showed great interest in the woodpecker feeders and ate much of the fat. They spent 30 minutes exploring the garden, digging for voles in the 50 cm deep snow. The Red Fox has a very wide distributional range from close to the Arctic Circle to the deserts of Arabia.