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The Groundhogs are Back

The groundhog family’s more active in the yard now.

There are 4 young ones.

The above picture takes a little imagination. The young groundhog came out from under the barn, turned sideways, put its front legs up and stretched.

Some of the others wanted to come out and play too … climb on ? mom or dad?

The grass is usually food for their meals.

I would sure like to know what’s going on in this picture.  There must be something interesting going on just out of the picture.

I don’t know why they stay out for a short time before disappearing back under the barn.

That will probably change as they grow older.

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The Return of the Groundhogs

Foxes and groundhogs have both denned under our barn in past years.  I was beginning to worry that neither would den here this year.

The female groundhog moved in about two weeks ago and suns often.

We saw the male for the first time earlier this afternoon — March tenth. Its fur is darker than hers. Neither me nor my husband had seen a dark one like this one.

The Returning Groundhogs

My husband has been doing a lot of work in the back-back of our yard. He’s clearing out areas with young trees in vine tangles. I went out to see the recent progress.

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The groundhogs are more tolerant of us now. This adult watched me walk past on the way back to the house. (I was out enough to use the zoom).

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The first generation of young ones were tolerant too.

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We also have smaller ones. I’m not sure if there’s one or two families here now. The youngest ones have lighter gray on the sides of their head.

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There must be many interesting things to watch.

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They are curious and cautious.

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They look like their belly drags the ground when they run for the barn. They are always aware of my presence in or out of the house … and I have the impression they can see the whites of my eyes, even when I’m by the picture window.

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I think they’re cute when they sit up like this and casually look around.

Posing With a Mouthful

I went out in the evening to walk around the yard. It was actually cool.

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Two of the resident groundhogs were having a late grass meal. My presence startled them. The young one stared at me with a mouthful of grass before it ran to the barn too.

Solitary Rabbit

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This young rabbit came up from the backyard and just sat in one place as I worked on the computer late yesterday afternoon. I had the impression that it wanted the same attention as the groundhogs had for weeks.

They’re Back

The groundhogs are back … at least the male is.

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 My husband saw it a few minutes ago, relatively close to the barn. I don’t think the four young ones are big enough to be on their own yet.

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So, it will be interesting to see who all returns … or if this one doesn’t stay.

Moth Mullein

This is my last groundhog blog. They moved out sometime yesterday afternoon. There’s two of the few pictures I took of them yesterday morning at the end of this blog.

I’ve been taking ground hog pictures several times a day, since the first of May.

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During this time there’s been a plant in my line vision that was often between me and the groundhogs. I thought it was a moth mullein (Verbascum blattaria), but wasn’t sure. Two of them grow beside the moon garden, the only two in the yard.

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They have finally started blooming.

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The flowers are absolutely beautiful inside, with so many colors to attract the insects.

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They have such a tall inflorescence, that they will bloom for a while. Luckily, the groundhogs don’t show any interest in them.

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I was working on this blog, looked out the window and there was a young groundhog.

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It went back under the barn, and one of the adults came partially out, probably  to see of I was still around.


Both of these pictures were taken at noon yestererday.

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As you can tell, they were growing like “kids” do.

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And they liked to play.

They will be missed.