The Fantastic Mister Fox

Anything I could conceivably write about today would pale in comparison to the coolness of these photos.  Taken on OVLC’s new Fox Canyon Trail (of course) above Shelf Road.  Thanks to the intrepid Bardsley Smith for introducing us to Urocyon cinereoargenteus:

Dum-dee-dum, enjoying a Monday morning in Ojai

Dum-dee-dum, enjoying a Monday morning in Ojai

I heard something... bear?  coyote?

I heard something… bear? coyote?

Heyyyyyy... you're no bear.  You snoop!

Heyyyyyy… you’re no bear. You snoop!

Gee why dontcha just take a picture it'll last longer

Gee why dontcha just take a picture it’ll last longer

Catch you later, I smell a wood rat...

Catch you later, I smell a wood rat…

Some neat facts about the Gray Fox:

  • It is thought to be the most primitive of canids still in existence
  • The species name Cinereoargenteus means Ashy+Silver
  • The Channel Islands Gray Fox is the only other member of the Urocyon genus
  • Along with raccoon dogs they are the only canid that can climb trees

    raccoon dog

    Raccoon dog

  • Nest in hollow logs or trees, up to 30 feet off the ground
  • They are monogamous, and the youngsters are called kits.
  • Gray foxes are omnivorous, eating rodents rabbits and fruit
  • They are nocturnal, making Bardsley’s shots that much more awesome

Have a good weekend everyone.  Lanny is having his finally hike of 2013 on Sunday up Reyes Peak, someone send pictures.

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2 Responses to The Fantastic Mister Fox

  1. ocdreader says:

    I am so jealous! I want to see a fox, I am bummed to hear they are nocturnal as that reduces my chances. Nice dialogue and by the way – “Ok, Cleeeeeeek”

  2. ocdreader says:

    What does the fox say!?

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