A dickens of a row!

My dogs suddenly started up hollering and getting extremely excited earlier this morning. I wouldn’t be surprised if some complained about all the ruckus coming from my back yard.

It took me a few seconds to figure out what the problem was, and here it is, sat quietly, ignoring my dogs and just surveying his territory.

I’m not sure what we have here. This is a fairly big animal, so is it a fox, or a coyote? He had a fairly bushy tail and a red look to him.

He certainly wasn’t put off by the dogs, and sat there for several minutes, then quietly stood up and sauntered off along the shoreline of the larger Oxbow Island.

It’s always a pleasure to see these wild animals in my back yard. Can anyone tell me, is it a fox or a coyote?

Author: Mike Caswell

I live in Fairport, and my home is at The Oxbow section of The Erie Canal. I fish, have a pontoon boat and like messing in boats. (see www.mud-skipper.com). I'm retired and enjoy every day living here with my two dogs.

4 thoughts on “A dickens of a row!”

  1. It looks like a beautiful red fox! We’ve been seeing one behind our house on Roselawn Crescent on a fairly regular basis. We have lots of bunnies over here so…..
    A few weeks ago we were seeing large groups of deer, too, at all hours of the day and night. They’ve been scare lately, maybe returned to The Oxbow? I walked across the upper field at Minerva yesterday and there was A LOT of deer poop! LOVE all the wildlife in this suburban-urban setting!!


  2. I am pretty sure it is the local fox. We hear it all the time up on Hulburt. My neighbor has seen it. I put out seed for the birds/squirrels/rabbits and have for years. Last summer, I was sitting out, pretty late at night and I have lights in the trees and bushes, and what scampered in through the rabbit hole in the fence? It was a baby or very small fox. It came over and sniffed the seed and then slowly walked back across the yard and out. I was not too pleased as we have baby bunnies and other small animals that visit. Not sure if the fox would go after them. I also don’t want it messing with my dogs. I have put a rock so the hole is smaller. The picture of the guy you took wouldn’t fit through for sure. But I bet that’s who we hear crying at night. It is so creepy, like a little kid crying.


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