The New Neighbors

The groundhog or woodchuck is also known as the “whistle pig”.


National Geographic photo.

I know that now, spending a few days waking up to their chatter while on a visit to family.

Surrounded by woods, streams and lakes, a colony of groundhogs, bigger than the family cats, have provided a new and welcome soundtrack.

After years of waking up to the street sounds of New York City (mostly traffic, delivery and trash trucks), my daughter has come to a peaceful place with a variety of wild animals.

Groundhogs have the ability to mimic other creatures; birds, dogs, etc.

But mostly, they communicate with each other. All day long.






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47 Responses to The New Neighbors

  1. The link for the groundhog chatter that I included is not allowed here, can be seen on Youtube.

  2. Val Boyko says:

    We have had a few singles around over the years, but never a colony. It must be fascinating .. As well as noisy 💕

    • At first, they thought it was birdsong…then they spotted them on both sides of their property. They are huge, but mostly harmless, according to their research. And…they were there first ! ☺

      • Val Boyko says:

        They were there first …. Always good to remember and show respect towards nature. I’m going to listen more carefully to “birdsong” from now on!

  3. TanGental says:

    I want to whistle like a pig…

  4. Nurse Kelly says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever actually heard them. That’s so interesting! I was talking to someone recently who was complaining about the damage they can cause, as well as chipmunks, and he said to put pieces of bubble gum by their holes… he said they eat it and it blows up in their stomachs and kills them! I don’t know if that’s true or not! We have some chipmunks tunneling under the front porch and my neighbor said to get rid of them as well… have to figure out what to do! Don’t think I’m into giving them the Bazooka treatment, though! lol

  5. Awesome. I did not know this! ❤
    Diana xo

  6. We don’t have those noisy critters where I live, but they live near my parents. I love the noise of wildlife. It feels good to be surrounded by and a part of nature. Cute post, Van 🙂

    • It’s funny … their guests from the city (who are immune to traffic noise) are freaked out about nature sounds. What we hear every day, we start to ignore. Thanks, Diana. ☺

  7. Hmmmmmm, I like that. They communicate by whistling. Maybe we should try that. 🙂

  8. LaVagabonde says:

    Cute little varmints. 🙂

  9. George says:

    I have quite a few critters around here but I don’t think I’ve heard this sound before. Very cool..:)

  10. Ground hogs can be much bigger than the family cat…and are recently. Good luck!

  11. I didn’t know the nickname was the whistle pig! That’s a new fact for me!

  12. I never knew they could mimic other animals Van 🙂 but then we do not have ground hogs in the UK.. but they look very interesting creatures.. and I used to wake up to crows crowing and rooks in their rookery when I grew up…
    Wishing you a wonderful week 🙂 ❤

  13. lbeth1950 says:

    It’s so right to get. Acquainted with the animals.

  14. Elyse says:

    I’ve lived in close proximity to woodchucks most of my life, and never knew they could mimic!, how cool. You know they’re right — you learn something new every day!

  15. joey says:

    Super cute! I haven’t seen any here, never heard of any here, not sure about their habitat. I love my city critters though 🙂

  16. I wouldn’t want to get my fingers anywhere near that mouth. OUCH!

  17. What a handsome little chap 😄

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