Thursday, September 10, 2009

Not So Shy

Charlotte asked if our resident groundhog is shy.

Not exactly.

Today, 20 minutes after Jim took our dog Bailey for a walk, I noticed the groundhog at the edge of our patio.

Every so often, he stood up taller to look out in the woods. (Unfortunately, he didn't turn toward me and pose for a photo!!)

His den is between the patio and the woods. I hope he doesn't have too many friends staying there with him!

Related posts:
Discovering a groundhog in our yard


lottiesloomroom said...

We don't have ground hogs in the UK but we do have badgers which your little visitor looks a bit like. Although badgers are black and white and mostly only come out at night.

Well done for capturing him on your camera!

Theresa said...

Ahh, pesky wildlife becomes cuter the further they are away from being a nuisance to me. He's darn cute!
Certainly he has entertainment value. I have a couple of terriers that would start digging from the computer screen to "visit" with him! :-)

Delighted Hands said...

They know when it is safe to venture out, don't they?! Cute. Is your yard a mess from them?

Life Looms Large said...

Another weaving blogger, Janice, had badger pictures on her blog recently. I think badgers might be bigger and do more damage than groundhogs. Maybe I only think that because we don't have badgers around here.

A terrier would do a much better job than Bailey at keeping the groundhog at bay. Yesterday Bailey was outside in the front yard and I took the trail into the woods. The groundhog was right on the edge of the trail, happily munching weeds (which I'm OK with!). Bailey didn't even notice.

Fortunately, this one isn't making too much of a mess. It has some entrances to its burrow in a rocky area, and one entrance in the yard, but right at the edge. We did have a lilac bush planted somewhat near his hang-out that died over the winter. I wonder if somehow he is responsible for that.


Theresa said...

Well, if I could easily send a terrier over I would. As to leaving them in my tack room, I'm not quite sure what I got. If it's a skunk or a young coon, it could be a problem. Of course those holes you have now, well let's just say the terrier excavation process might increase them some. I should take pics of some of the "projects" in the dog yard for a really good glimpse at their esthetic. ;-)
Should you ever catch the little butterball, I did find this:

I bet if you could get Mr. G. Hog to wear some feathers, Bailey might be interested!

Jennifer said...

It's like Wild America! Isn't is amazing how we go nuts over these since it's so rare that we get to see them!

charlotte said...

It's quite tame it seems! And great pictures. I love reading about American wildlife in your blog, it's quite different from Europe.

Life Looms Large said...

Thanks for the recipe Theresa!!! Too funny!

I do get quite a thrill out of wildlife sightings.

I do feel like one of the great things about blogging is catching glimpses about every day life through the eyes of people in different parts of the world.