Jan 17 2008
Not a bird story, but interesting anyway.
Last Saturday my husband and I visited Homewood Cemetery in Pittsburgh’s east end and walked around the part of the cemetery that borders Frick Park. I came around the edge of a building – a mausoleum, actually – and suddenly saw a red fox carrying a dead fox squirrel in his mouth. Fox squirrels are larger than gray squirrels and have fox-colored reddish coats.
I called softly to my husband to come see the fox but it heard my voice and immediately disappeared into Frick Park’s brush and trees.
After I posted my sighting on PABIRDS, Candy Gonzalez from Lawrence County replied that squirrels seem to make up a large part of the fox’s diet. As she wrote, “Once they are seen in a residential neighborhood, it seems they stay for a year or two until there are virtually no squirrels left. … They seem to raise a couple litters, feed them with the squirrels, and then move on to someone else’s neighborhood.”
Nature’s way of balancing the number of squirrels at our bird feeders.
(This photo by Chuck Tague is not the fox I saw.)