How Much Wood Could a Woodchuck Chuck if a Woodchuck Could Chuck Wood?

Watering the plants

Well, your answer is really in the question isn’t it?  Woodchucks don’t actually do anything with wood – I looked it up anyway just to make sure, and discovered that “Woodchucks are groundhogs. The ‘wood’ in woodchuck has nothing to do with wood. It’s from the Algonquin name for the critter, ‘wuchak’.” (Thanks you, oh google oracle)  So there you go – another legend shattered.  We spotted our resident woodchuck for the first time today.  I saw something slowly moving along the fence, and went closer, thinking it was a large cat – much to my surprise it was him – an enormous woodchuck!  I thought they were cute little things the size of Guinea Pigs – no this guy was the size of a small bulldog.  I hope 1 1/2 feet was deep enough for our fence…  We’re quite enjoying the wildlife as we garden.  Today, Mama, Eeya and I planted some seeds, and watered some rows we had planted yesterday.  During the hour we were there we were visited by a bluejay, the woodchuck, a chipmunk, a monarch butterfly, and our dear little House Wren, to whom I am extremely attached.  A week ago he visited us for the first time, serenading us with his beautiful song from one of our fence posts, just a few feet above our heads.  Our presence doesn’t seem to disturb him in the least, and he seems to actually approach and visit each time we’re there.  Eeya was especially engaged in garden activity today, and was thrilled when I handed him a large watering can and gave him free reign with the spigot.  He happily filled it over and over again, watering all my little marigold seedlings around the perimeter of the garden, and also all the seeds we just planted.  I caught this nice shot of him in action, the watering can is almost as big as he is!


~ by Shelli on May 17, 2010.

2 Responses to “How Much Wood Could a Woodchuck Chuck if a Woodchuck Could Chuck Wood?”

  1. Wow, it looks to be really coming along!

    • Hey Suze! It really is, and it’s so much fun! You have to come back and join us a bit. The most beautiful part is all the little nature surprises along the way. I was quite pleased today though, to see the first little pole bean sprouts poking out of the ground. And the Arugula is coming up too! I plated Sorrel like you said, just to try something new.

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