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Gray Fox Limping Red Fox, Pine Grosbeak, and Pileated Action - UPDATE February 3, 2023

Male pine grosbeak

With no one here to photograph them last night, it was the gray fox from 7:35 to 11:36 PM and then in the wee hours from 3:17 to 3:21 AM it was the limping red fox here for the first time in weeks—and walking way better than the last time I saw him. Maybe it’s easier for him to make the trip here now from his favorite chicken spot. In his 4-minute visit, he knew what to do—run up the steps, check for food, and go up the driveway to be on his rounds. Glad to see him on video doing so much better. Thank you Lorie and Judy for pulling this all together.

In a color contest today were 7 red male pine grosbeaks in the midst of many blue jays. One of the grosbeaks posed and showed his color spectacularly enough to be the winner—maybe just because I’m more used to blue jays.

The pileated action was at the Bear Center where "Taught" caught a 5:49-minute video of a pileated woodpecker in the midst of revealing action https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiR4Dmp0szA&t=9s. Near the beginning of the video, 16 to 23 seconds in, the pileated showed his know-how in pecking two big chips off in plain sight. He showed how he hit them to loosen them, hit them a couple times in just the right places to loosen them more, and then knew they were loose enough he could grab each with his bill and toss them to the ground. I’ve always wondered how such big chips litter the ground where pileateds have been working, and there it was—caught on video. Thank you "Taught".

And thank you all for all you do.
Lynn Rogers, Biologist, Wildlife Research Institute and North American Bear Center

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