Posts Tagged ‘ground hogs’

Resident Racoon

A new animal set up residence in our backyard recently … a raccoon.

There are enough places for the coon to hide, especially under the barn.

The raccoon must be mostly nocturnal or have other small places to hide. The animals — foxes, raccoons, ground hogs take turns living there.

It stays close to barn where it can easily hide.

I wonder what it’s watching? Is it worried about another animal wanting a new “home?”

Our two-acre yard offers many places for wildlife to set up residence.

 

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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.

A Long Strong Storm

We had a strong storm today that lasted from 10:30 till 1:30

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There was heavy rain and a lot of thunder. The thunder actually last at least three hours after the storm ended. Light rain continued too.

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The young ground hogs didn’t seem to mind the weather. It was probably fun.

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This one kept me laughing. It was under the bench for the picnic table out of the rain, munching away.

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It looked around before

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joining the others out in the yard. It was still raining relatively hard.

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I wonder if this one was surveying its domain.

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This is the adult. I don’t know if it saw me or not. It took off for the barn as fast as it could go.

 

Ground Hog Family

The pair of ground hogs moved under the barn early this year. They apparently got there before the foxes, or the foxes had another den and weren’t interested.

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This is one of the parents. Maybe it was taking a break from the little ones. It did this at least once a day.

What really gets me is how easily they see me in the computer room. I have to sneak into the chair. My husband says it’s 40 yards from the computer down to where their den is. (From the corner of the barn, to where the wood touches the ground.) Even the little ones see the slightest movement, and they run for the barn as fast as their little legs can go. They’re so close to the ground when they run.

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Then one day, I saw a little head, and then another and another. There’s two in this picture and

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two in this picture too.

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I think I got caught taking this picture.

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There’s a lot more to look at.

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There’re two of the four young ones in this picture.

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I used to have a pretty good size summer wildflower. It turned to a weed patch with lots of sprouting trees and thorny bushes. Two weeks ago, my husband spent three days cutting out all the dense growth. I plan to sow grass soon.

This young one’s running for one of the tunnels.

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The interesting thing was the four underground dens the groundhogs had in the weed patch. The one above was by far the largest. It won’t be long and they’ll be like little lawn mowers in our backyard.

Backyard Perch

The pair of groundhogs raised a family of four under our barn. I’m not seeing all of them now, so I’m wondering if the young ones have dispersed?

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This was the first time I’ve seen a groundhog on the

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“platform” the red foxes used regularly when they lived under the barn late last winter.

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The groundhogs raised four this summer.

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The vixen and four kits usually stayed outside and near the barn; the male hunted for food.

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Buffy took a dim view of any others living in her territory!

It will be interesting to see who lives where next year.