spring at cromwell

Male Yellow Warbler singing at Cromwell Valley Park, Baltimore County, Maryland. © 2017 S. D. Stewart

 

American Red Fox stalking prey at Cromwell Valley Park, Baltimore County, Maryland. © 2017 S. D. Stewart

I had a very close encounter with this fox. We were walking toward each other and I’m not sure it even noticed me at first. It was paying close attention to the overgrown field to its immediate right. At a certain point, it turned and started to enter the tall grass. It stood there for a moment with the front of its body obscured before pouncing high up in the air and then disappearing into the grass. I kept walking until I got to the point where it had left the grassy path. I couldn’t see the fox anymore at that point, so I waited and eventually I saw its head pop up amidst the tall grass. We eyed each other for a few seconds before it suddenly stood up and walked out directly in front of me, only about six feet away, and casually turned to the right to continue walking in the direction it had originally been headed. It did not look particularly concerned about my presence, exhibiting only a barely visible wariness. I watched it for a while and then I kept walking in the opposite direction.

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  1. That’s a great photo of the red fox

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  2. These are fine photos of fine organisms. The yellow warbler tune is a familiar one.

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  3. I’m trying and failing to find a fitting adjective for the warbler’s pose/self-presentation. For some reason, the confident attitude and stylish bearing that go along with “natty” seem to apply here. He’s awesome.

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  4. Also! I saw my first (as far as I consciously know) scarlet tanager this past weekend, who was unapologetically, screamingly red and fabulous.

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