Photos: Cranes gang up on fox in Fairbanks refuge

Fairbanks birder Jim Dewitt recently photographed a flock of at least two dozen sandhill cranes chasing a fox in the Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge. "It was clear [the cranes] weren't happy about approaching a predator, as evidenced by some fly-hopping, some running and some hesitating," writes Fairbanks Daily News-Miner columnist Tim Mowry of Dewitt's observations. "But collectively, they were attacking or bluffing an attack on the fox. Judging by its submissive posture and its flattened ears, the fox was not happy about it, either." See the photos at the News-Miner.