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Updated on February 8, 2013

Squirrels, Rabbits, Opossums, Chipmunks, Groundhogs

Among the animal friends that live in our garden are squirrels of three varieties, chipmunks, cottontail rabbits, opossums, several pet cats and an occasional raccoon. In the winter, when the squirrel pictures were taken, we put out corn for the squirrels which, with their winter coats, makes them very fat. They also steal sunflower seeds from the bird feeder. Squirrels are very hard to keep out of the bird feeder. Other animals feed at the mulch pile where we dispose of our garbage. We don't use weed killers or pesticides.

Punxatawny Phil's Michigan cousin scampers away from cameraman

Phil heads for cover

Groundhog or woodchuck

Groundhog or woodchuck

Fat Cornfed Squirrel

Young Opossum Spots Cameraman and Scurries for Cover

Brer possum scuries into the bushes.

Cottontail munching our violas

Cottontail eyeballing the cameraman



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    • John Sarkis profile image

      John Sarkis 

      6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      I'll say what I always do: with photos like these who needs literature.

      Great hub


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      Mishael Austin Witty 

      7 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      I think it's safe to say that's a fox squirrel - a really fat one. Nice photos!

    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      9 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      I don't think our neighbors would like me to use a shotgun. I'd have to get a Benjamin Pump air rifle, if they are still available. However, I would never shoot our fuzzy little friends. When I was a kid I hunted squirrels with my Dad, and they were tasty, fried with gravy as I recall.

      Thanks for your comment!

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      9 years ago

      Yep, get out the shot gun and get rid of those critters. They are all good eating and if you can't eat them donate them to the FFA Wildlife Supper in you area. They can cook anything and make it taste great! Greeat pictures

    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      11 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Belated thanks for the comments. I missed a lot until the new system came in yesterday. Now I'm catching up!

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      11 years ago

      Really great photography as usual, Ralph. Had to chuckle at Phylis' comment! Really nice hub.

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      12 years ago

      That's good eatin'! Stop shooting pictures and start shooting varmints and you'll be a hell of a lot happier, pointdexter!


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