Al and Cal Homes and Community: A Fascination with A Fox Sighting Bellingham MA

A Fascination with A Fox Sighting Bellingham MA

A Fascination with A Fox Sighting Bellingham MA

This morning it was very windy, I guess that is what made me look out the window first thing.    As I did, I had to do a double take, for what I saw was a very well feed fox attempting to climb a tree in the back yard!    Now, the tree was leaning and on a 40 degree angle and he was only a short way up, but can fox really climb trees?    Red Fox

I have only seen a few fox in my life.    I remember seeing one as I was showing some folks a home and this brazen fox walked right through the front yard.   That was in Franklin, MA.   I saw another as I was meeting someone at a home in Medway, MA one year.   That guy didn't look healthy.  It was a hot spring day.  I stayed clear.       Both these times the fox were small and on the ground!

The one I saw this morning was BIG and in a TREE!     There has been a fox sighting in the neighborhood in the past few weeks, and the knowledge of that is most likely the only reason at this early hour that I could put two and two together.   

This is what I have learned.    Both the gray and red fox are abundant through out Massachusetts.

Can Fox Climb Trees?

Yes!   We have two species of fox in our area, the Red and the Gray, but only the gray fox can climb.

How Can You Tell The Difference Between A Gray Fox and A Red Fox?

Well, if you are me, you can't!    The only way I know this guy is a gray fox is that he was in that tree.   As I read more about them, I think the fox that I have seen over time have been gray.    At first, I might have thought them to be red fox as that was the predominant color that I saw.  It is tricky though because both have red fur.  Besides difference in size and the shape of muzzle, the red fox has dark "stockings"  and that white tail we all think of when we think fox.   Knowing what I know now, I will be looking for that telltale white tail.   

Interesting Fox Facts

  • Fox are members of the dog family
  • Fox howl, bark and whine.
  • They breed in mid January to late February.
  • The fox family will break up in autumn when each animal becomes independent.
  • They can have one litter a year.
  • Baby fox are called "kits".
  • Common litter size is four.
  • Fox are active all year round.
  • Their home base can range from 2-7 square miles.
  • Fox learn to hunt at 3 months old.
  • They eat small rodents, squirrels, rabbits, birds, eggs, insects, vegetation, and fruit. 

Should You Be Afraid Of a Fox?

It doesn't appear so.   I wouldn't try to petting them or encourage them to your property, but it doesn't appear that fox are a danger to humans unless they are cornered.    This is a good article to read regarding our fear of fox. 

Living With Fox.   

I personally can not wait to see this guy again, and with the nature of our yard, heavily wooded in the back, and believing that this area might be the home territory for this guy has me thinking that it might just happen!    Having said that, we don't want to encourage him to the house.   The MA Wildlife Division has some good suggestions for living with foxes, and we will heed them.  

 In the meantime, I have my eyes peeled and hopefully will see this beautiful creature again soon!  



Carol-Ann Palmieri

Al and Cal Realty Group

Remax Executive Realty




Comment balloon 11 commentsCarol-Ann Palmieri • November 26 2012 04:44AM


Good morning, Carol Ann... I remember seeing one on a visit to Lily Waye when it was underconstruction.... I think the noise of the construction was not a happy time for that fox.... as it walked down the street, it kept turning it's head back to look behind him... sneaky kind of animal... you can have it.

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) over 6 years ago

Hi Barbara.   haha.   I guess that's where the term, sly like a fox, comes from.  

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) over 6 years ago

Encountered a fox a few weeks ago in a neighborhood I was touring.  They are interesting to watch.  I didn't know that they Gray fox could climb trees as I think of them more canine than feline. 

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

Carol Ann: I think it is neat that you have wildlife in the area that you can periodically get a glimpse of.  I did not know many of these fox facts...thanks for the share.

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055) over 6 years ago

An advantage of living on the edge of the woods is it gives you an excellent opportunity to view some of natures wild creatures Cal, but that is not for everyone.

Posted by Al Raymondi, Ormond By The Sea Florida - Home and Condo Sales (Ocean View Realty Group in Ormond By The Sea Florida) over 6 years ago

Hi Cindy.   I find them interesting to watch too.    Maybe because we don't see them often.  


Hi  Anita.   Thanks for checking it out.    An unusual sighting and something really fun to watch.   


Hi Al.   I know, right? 

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) over 6 years ago


I really like your discussion about foxes and the fox facts are interseting. I believe as you said a fox will leave a human alone as long as you do not corner them as most animals just want to get away quickly. Seeing one in your yard is cool. I suggested your blog.

Last night I went out of our home about 9 :30 PM and I could hear coyotes howling in the distance. I have to say its been years since we have heard them as all the building in our area  has displaced the coyotes. I am not sure what to make out of the coyotes coming back.

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) over 6 years ago

Carol Ann, this is so interesting...never knew that about grey foxes!  I've only seen the red kind but I'd be worried for all the cats out at night!

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) over 6 years ago

Hi Bob.  Thanks.  Nothing pretty about those coyotes!    They seem to be making a pretty big come back around here too.    They are a bit to aggressive for me.   The locked down an elementary school on the North Shore a few weeks back because there was one very close to the school.     Not a fan.   Thanks for the S.


Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) over 6 years ago

Hi Ginny.   I had no idea they could get in trees.   We don't have many cats wandering the streets around here anymore and the animals are the reason why folks are keeping them close to home.  

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) over 6 years ago

Cal, we have a lot of these guys running around DC.  They leave their Rock Creek Parks every so often and hang out in urban neighborhoods.  I think they will also eat small cats, by the way.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 6 years ago