Friday, May 29, 2009

Baby Animal Season

Okay....if you don't like baby animals then you'd better leave right now, because this post is chock full of them! Starting with a baby woodchuck, (groundhog) who was wandering around our yard a few days ago. I wasn't home to see the little guy, but Rich was and he snapped a few photos!

I really like this photo because you can see his bushy tail. I never thought groundhogs had bushy tails....I always thought they had a little stubby nub of a tail. This little guy looks like a wombat! I'm not a big fan of the adults, but, awwwwww, this little guy IS cute!

Next on the list we have the recently hatched baby Mallards living over by Roy Thompson Hall, across the street from where I work. I had to take these photos through the glass, but luckily they swam right by me!

There are a total of 10 ducklings...or at least there were a few days ago. I first saw them on Tuesday, and I took these photos Wednesday. When I passed by this morning I didn't see them, but they do have a couple of hiding places.

It's so cute to see the little fluffballs following their mother around the pool, but I can't help but wonder why they would choose such a busy spot in the city to nest. It must be that their natural habitats are getting paved up, or too polluted. This is the third or fourth year in a row these adults have chosen this location to raise their brood.

I'm still waiting for the baby squirrels to show themselves in our yard and we've seen many adult Cottontails. I've tried photographing them, but they usually appear around dusk and they scoot away too fast!


Willy Ashworth said...

We saw an opposum in our back yard few years ago!!

Suzanne Dargie said...

So did I when I was living in Whitby! I always thought they lived further South. Maybe Global Warming is helping them to migrate North?

Willy Ashworth said...

This was about 20 years ago.

Maybe we saw the same one?