Whistling Pig

I was waiting for the train this morning when a brown thing, that I had mistaken for a log, suddenly moved.  A small groundhog ( Marmota monax ) was poking its head up and out of its den, which was about 3 feet the other side of the railroad tracks.  I would say he was “prairie dogging” but I don’t want to confuse things.

The groundhog peeked out a few times, so I was able to get my camera out.  Just before the train arrived, he came all the way out of his hole and lit out across the snow towards a gully near a downed tree and some additional protection.  I wondered what the difference between a groundhog and “how much wood could a woodchuck chuck” woodchuck.  They’re the same thing, and are also sometimes called a “whistle pig”!


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