Posts Tagged ‘groundhog’

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.

Living Lawnmower

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   Our first storm of the day passed through about about 8:30 this morning, Another’s to come through before lunch.

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Two groundhogs live under our barn — a parent and a young one.

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The rain didn’t seem to bother this young one.

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It moved along, from one tasty morsel to the next.

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It must finally be full.

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It took a little time to rest before it went back under barn.

Fingers Crossed

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This picture shows the view of our backyard from the picture window beside my computer.

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I walked into the computer room yesterday just as my husband said, “fox!” This is an earlier picture taken March 30, 2015.

The fox looked around and then went under the barn. I didn’t have time to take a picture.

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A groundhog family lived under the barn for most of the summer. One, I suspect the female, stayed in the yard until the colder weather arrived.

I guess I’ll have to be patient to see how this plays out.

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Tune in tomorrow!

Staying Close to Home

Only one groundhog has been in our yard for over a month.

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It looked like it was greeting the sun on this morning.

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Now that the weather’s cooled off considerably, the groundhog spends more time basking in the afternoon sun.

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It ventures out only to eat.

My husband said this one is a female. They’re much smaller than the males.

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Here are two pictures that were taken several years ago.

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 The tangled-vine area still exists and probably remains a good food source.

Lone Resident

A groundhog family lived under our barn for months. They raised four young.

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Apparently the family dispersed, and only one adult lives here now.

It looks like it plans to spend the winter here.

Feels Right At Home

The groundhog family must feel right at home now. When they first moved under the barn, they stayed close to the den. They got braver and spread around part of the back-back of our yard. The young ones generally stayed closer to the barn. Not any more.

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I looked out the picture window by my computer, and there was an adult … only it was only 20 yards from picture window where I sat.

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I thought it might possibly had been looking for an intruder in his territory.

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It headed south,

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went on the cistern,

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and rested before heading back toward the barn.

Our Yummy Yard

Our yard seems more popular with the mammals this summer than usual.

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The groundhog claims the area under the barn (where the foxes had been).

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The rabbits are more common and can be quite playful.

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A squirrel ended up eating its lunch in the front yard, while I ate mine by the living room window.