I told this groundhog that it was Monday and it just stared at me. To a groundhog it’s the season that matters.
It asked me what month it was and I told it July, I thought it was just messing with me. After doing a little research I found out that for these cuties the month IS important because there is a deadline of sorts for them. Winter is coming.
They spend every day stuffing themselves in preparation for winter…they will hibernate underground and so they need to build lots of body fat to live on.
We have Groundhog day here, a tradition that is built on the premise that, every year on the second of February if a groundhog sees it’s shadow, it means six more weeks of winter.
The truth of the matter is, the males come out of hibernation in February to locate females that are still in hibernation. Breeding season will start in March, so, having located the objects of their affection, the males go back into hibernation for a few more weeks.
Who wants to get out of bed before they have to?
(One more interesting fact…THEY’RE A MEMBER OF THE SQUIRREL FAMILY!)
I’m thinking that the Orioles with the jet black heads are more mature males and that the two in the middle are enjoying their first spring. I may have that wrong, so feel free to let me know.
You’ll see a few more images of these beauties in time…they’ve stayed in the neighborhood!
If you’re wondering what they’re eating, it’s orange slices! They love them.
I’ve grown kind of fond of my daily squirrel visitor. He has a lot of personality and makes me laugh at least once each time he visits.
This is a short little video of my cute little friend, made from a few clips that I put together.
I think the chipmunk is going to have a much easier time eating it’s lunch, there’s no shell on it!
This is my little friend from the other day, he was so excited to have found this nut that he took it and ran far away into the woods with it. Then he ran out of the woods, back to where he found the nut and ate it there.
I have a new visitor, it’s a “he”, and he visits everyday. I think he’s rather young because he doesn’t seem to have a lot of squirrel experience. He’s not very good at knowing what to do once he’s climbed up and reached the bird feeder…should he hang upside down? Should he shake it around and see if any falls out? Is there a spot for inserting a quarter and waiting for the seed to be dispensed?
I have a sneaking suspicion that it won’t take him very long to figure out how to use his acrobatic skills to drop down to the feeders and stuff his little tummy.