THE WOODCHUCK IN THE BACKYARD – Marilyn Armstrong

Woodchucks (aka Groundhogs) live all over New England and many parts of Canada. They are considered pests by serious gardeners, but we are not serious gardeners. I’m not sure we could be called gardeners at all.


Note: The photos are NOT mine. They are from Audubon and other animal groups. I can’t shoot from that window. The screen makes the pictures disappear and all you see are screens.


We have a really huge woodchuck who lives under the forsythia hedge. We probably have more than one. For all I know, we have an entire colony but we usually see just one at a time. They have a maze of underground burrows and paths, so if you startle one, they seem to vanish, presumably ducking into one of their holes.


I was watching our big woodchuck through the bathroom window and was struck at how big he was. He was as big as a Fisher cat … maybe 20 pounds give or take a pound or two? They aren’t supposed to get that big, but no one told our woodchuck. I can’t take pictures from that room because of the screens so I just watched for a while and finally, opened the window a little bit and he was gone. Poof.

But it’s always interesting to know what’s living in your yard.



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22 replies

  1. Wow, Marilyn, you certainly have some amazing wildlife in your garden! It must be so good to have all your animal and avian visitors to keep you amused at this time. I’m no gardener either – give me medieval fire pits and wildlife over a pristine lawn any day!

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  2. They are such funny little creatures. Once they take up residence they never leave 🙂

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  3. We don’t have them of course so I was hazy about the size. It sounds like he must be the size of a small dog.

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  4. You’re probably feeding him too Marilyn.
    Leslie

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  5. It’s wonderful to observe nature! I think this pandemic lockdown has made me appreciate nature even more. I look forward to daily walks to see which flowers are blooming and what the swans are up to! I was able to snap a photo of the swab eggs, when mama got off her nest!

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  6. Have you seen the video of the groundhog eating pizza? While being watched by two big dogs? It is so cute! But I had no idea they were so big….

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