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Hullo gawgeous…..

 

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Our buck finally showed up at a light enough hour for me to get some decent photographs.

 

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Yes you, you handsome devil.

 

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And while I love seeing him….

 

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I fully appreciate his wariness and reticence to visit the nightly buffet.

 

 

 

When you’re that handsome you have to be careful.

 

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His rapidly growing rack will make him a prime target of every yahoo with a rifle in a  few months.

 

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And the thought of his beautiful head mounted on someone’s wall makes me physically ill.

 

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But for now, he and his family are safe.

 

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And we enjoy our rare sightings.

 

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Even if his rude wife does keep sticking her tongue out at me.

Random critters.

 

I was finally able to grab a few pictures of our resident buck.

 

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Which is getting harder to do as the summer wears on.

 

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But this father son shot was pretty sweet.

 

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Junior’s antlers are growing.

 

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And it always makes me wonder what the felt feels like.

 

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Naturally there are woodchuck photos.

 

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And some close ups.

 

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We have one lone chipmunk this year.

 

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And yes, those pesky red squirrel babies are still here.

 

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Using our deck railing as a cafeteria.

 

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As well as a toilet.

 

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Yes, I’m talking to you.

Clearly your mother didn’t tell you not to shit where you eat.

Bad form. Very bad…..

 

 

Perfection in miniature.

 

Hummingbirds.

 

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More precisely our resident Ruby Throated Hummingbird.

 

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He’s laid claim to the feeder….

 

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And ferociously fights off all the others who attempt to sip.

 

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I’ve tried to get videos of the aerial ballets….

 

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But they’re much too fast for my lame camera equipment.

 

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You wouldn’t think something so tiny would be so fierce.

 

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But even this guy keeps his distance.

 

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Because size doesn’t matter.

 

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Or so I’ve been told.

Another woodchuck dump.

 

Of photos.

But after the post I did the other day, I don’t blame you for wondering.

 

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Babies have grown up.

 

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And venture out daily. Three in the above picture.

 

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They are also getting fat.

 

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Though I can’t imagine why.

 

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I’m sad to say I saw a fox run off with one in it’s mouth last week.

 

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And though momma chuck does her best, nature will occasionally have her way.

 

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She started with 6 children, went down to 4…. and now it’s 3.

 

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Quadruplets are now triplets.

But they’re still fun to watch….

 

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I’m still trying to make friends…

 

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And Momma still needs a good support bra.

 

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My favorite kind of sale!

 

When the local nursery has a half price and buy one get one free sale in July?

 

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You fill the back of your car.

 

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Find room for some in an already full bed.

 

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And replant the pots that your resident woodchucks munched to stalks.

 

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Hopefully with flowers they don’t like.

 

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And when the nursery extends the sale to the end of the month?

You go back again.

 

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And cram even more flowers in a bed that’s already full just because you can.

 

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While a red squirrel watches.

When you’re done?

You sit back on the barn porch and enjoy an adult beverage before dinner.

 

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And watch the old doe walk up to have a snack.

 

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Life is good.

Squirrel invasion.

 

They’re back.

 

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And they’re everywhere.

 

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Momma red squirrel and her babies.

 

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They’ve grown and are venturing out.

 

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The new wider deck railing is a favorite spot for eating snacks. And while it’s cute, there’s a problem.

 

 

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Or should I say multiple little problems. Squirrel poo is now dotting the landscape where we enjoy adult beverages.

 

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And this is a new favorite perch.

 

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I did laugh the other day when one of them climbed on the bracket and saw what he thought was a tasty glob of food.

 

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Only to taste it and discover it was Vaseline to keep the ants off the hummingbird feeder.

 

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Take that you tiny poop factory!

 

Deer me.

 

Okay, if you insist.

 

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I caught a couple of nice shots of our old doe in the field.

 

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I don’t know how many seasons she’s seen, and the poor thing didn’t even blow her winter coat this year.

 

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But she comes for dinner every night.

 

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And brings her kids.

 

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Whose little Frankenstein nubs always make me chuckle.

 

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Everyone gets along well.

 

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Except this one.

 

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Who sticks his tongue out at woodchucks.

 

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I guess everyone has a rude child once in a while.

 

 

 

It’s that time again.

 

Woodchucks!

 

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Posing in clover.

 

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Having a healthy snack.

 

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Kissing.

Or biting, who the hell knows? They’re rodents….. for all I know they’re discussing campaign strategy.

 

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They love lettuce.

 

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And since we’ve been flooded with it from our CSA, so have they.

Behold –

 

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My first photo of momma and 4 babies together.

 

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She’s down 2 due to fox predation, so the sextuplets are now quadruplets.

 

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Poor momma.

 

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She’s fiercely protective, but Mother Nature always has the final say.

Like these quick shots I didn’t have time to focus.

 

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Do you suppose that starling called Uber….

 

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And this was what showed up?