The day after I came face to face with the Nefarious Mr. Nibbles, the girls discovered his secret hide-away under the shed as he (or she) poked his nibbly little face out of the hole to seek out and destroy new tasty treats. Tuesday was the sunflower bed under the bird feeders. Thankfully they were not prized plants, simply sunflowers that had grown opportunistically after falling-out of the feeders or perhaps after being dropped by a bird in flight. We watched as he poked his head out, looked around, clambered out and stretched. He then stood on his back paws, reached up and grabbed a stalk, pulled it down and decimated it! I had no idea ground hogs (aka wood chucks) had opposable thumbs! I have to admit, he is pretty cute…did I just say that?!?! After taking some pictures and videos, the girls proceeded to stand on the deck and play big red sports horns and trumpets to scare him away. I haven’t seen him since yesterday morning, perhaps the noise was too much…time will tell.
See the large sunflower to the front right? It is history now…
Grrrrrrrrrr…..We have a video as well, I couldn’t figure out how to load it here, but it is on our Nova Scotia Roots Facebook page if you’d like to see him taunting me in the flesh!
And to top off the day, look who we found caught in the garden? The Persistent Peter Radish!! He Guest starred in my daughter’s last Wildlife Wednesday post. I thought the fence was supposed to keep our furry friends out, not in!!
“But Peter, who was VERY naughty, ran straight away to Mr. McGregor’s garden, and squeezed under the gate.” ~ Beatrix Potter