Thursday, March 14, 2013

First Gopher of the Year: Spring?

We saw our first Richardson's Ground Squirrel, aka prairie gopher, of the year today, looking stunned — or sunbathing? — on a snowbank beside the road.

These gophers hibernate for many, many months... Males apparently wake before females, so perhaps this little fellow was wondering where his mates were.

So, the question of the day: Now that he's awake, does that make it spring? (Please?)

All right, now, I'm awake! Bring on the fun! © SB 

What is this? A Richardson's Ground Squirrel, aka a gopher.   
Location: Near Lumsden, Saskatchewan, Canada. 
Photo dates: March 14, 2013. 



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    1. We had lots more snow late yesterday and today - I'm getting tired of winter!


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