ALERT! WILDLIFE SIGHTING!
“Woodchuck,” Whistle-Pig,” and “Land Beaver” all are names used to describe our native Marmota monax the groundhog. I saw one the other day crossing our two-lane highway, AR 23 North, the “Pig Trail Scenic Byway.” I had seen this rodent before and wondered “what animal was that?”. It is now clear what or who he is. He is a “Whistle-Pig.” That is what the mountain folks nicknamed him because when frightened by some predator, he will stand erect on his hind legs and emit a high-pitched whistle to alert his fellow pigs or hogs of danger.
“How much wood would a woodchuck chuck
- if a woodchuck could chuck wood?”
“A woodchuck would chuck all the wood he could
- if a woodchuck could chuck wood!”
Being the ever so curious person that I am, I did some research and found that groundhogs also can climb trees. Yes, they can climb trees to escape from predators. I wrote in an earlier post about gray foxes having the same ability. “Whodathunkit?” They also are very good swimmers.
Wildlife sightings are daily occurrences for Maggie and I. Not a day goes by that we don’t see at least one deer or rabbit. Our trusty “dawg” Chef keeps healthy by chasing squirrels and deer daily. Communing with nature is awe-inspiring.
Listening to our resident pileated woodpecker brings a smile to our faces. Listening to coyotes harmonizing on the far ridge is not frightening to us. Their chorus is enlightening to us. When you get chance, head out to the woods and simply inhale the inspiring world of nature around you. We always get our daily “fix” down here in Lizard Holler
Click on coyotes or pileated woodpecker above and be directed to a site where you can hear what they sound like…cool…