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Here's a bit of info I found on the critters:

The woodchuck — whose scientific name is Marmota monax — is more commonly called by one of several other names, such as groundhog, whistle pig or even land beaver. Woodchucks are rodents from the group of large ground squirrels called marmots.
So what’s up with all the different names? Woodchucks live all over the United States. Because they can be found in so many different areas, they came to be known by unique names in different regions.
For example, some people call them whistle pigs. When woodchucks are threatened, they will squeal loudly. Their squeal sounds somewhat like a whistle. This warns other woodchucks of danger and may also scare off predators.
In those areas where they’re known as woodchucks, it’s not because they like to chuck wood. Native Americans had several different names for woodchucks: otchek (Cree), otchig (Ojibwa) and wuchak (Algonquian).
English settlers used the more familiar sounds of their own language to come up with a word that sounded like these Native American names. That’s how “woodchuck” came about.
In Quebec, the French call them 'le siffleur' (the whistler). Around here we call them coyote food!
John
 
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We did a ton of camping this summer and these are some of the things we got to see.





The rest of these are just nature at its best.
 

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HARO said:
In Quebec, the French call them 'le siffleur' (the whistler). Around here we call them coyote food!
John
Their danger cry is unreal loud and shrill, first time I heard it was with one right under my feet, under our deck, I startled it, it startled me!
 

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Here's something you don't see every day.

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This is a Cooper's Hawk on a branch directly over my head with a dove in its talons. The dove was still alive, but probably not much longer.
 

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I watched a hawk take one out of the sky once, unreal how fast they dive, feathers going everywhere. We have tons of doves, they scatter fast when the hawk flies over.

Neat shot jb!
 
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I see the red tailed hawks around here swooping down on pigeons and rabbits. Hey they gotta eat too but sad for the prey at the moment it happens. Glad for the Hawk who got to have a good dinner. I have mixed feelings as you can tell :cheerful:
 
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LOVE all the pictures, amazing! Thanks for sharing.

Now Pecan, I would love to visit that place in your pictures, where is it?
 

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j.w said:
sad for the prey at the moment it happens. Glad for the Hawk who got to have a good dinner. I have mixed feelings as you can tell :cheerful:
Haha. I feel the same way. Part of me was like "aww poor dove" and the other part of me was like "that was awesome!"
Its the circle of life.

And it moves us all
Through despair and hope
Through faith and love
Till we find our place
On the path unwinding
In the Circle
The Circle of Life
 

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Just hoping my path travels on for a bit longer in the good old circle of life
 
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Yes but I'm not wanting to shed right yet. Bet everyone wonders what we will be like in our Heavenly bodies. I know I do. I think about lots of things to do w/ eternal life.
 

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Yes but I'm not wanting to shed right yet. Bet everyone wonders what we will be like in our Heavenly bodies. I know I do. I think about lots of things to do w/ eternal life.
DID YOU LISTEN TO THE VIDEO I POSTED IN THE GOOD BANTER THREAD?... good song..touches on a few questions about heaven. post #7697 page 514.
 
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We spent Christmas in Tillamook OR. I took a bunch of nature photos while there :)

The first two are the Wilson river and the rest of the Pacific.
 

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Oregon has some of the most beautiful beaches as it shows in your lovely photo's pecan. We camped and have bicycle ridden many times and just love it there :cheerful:
 

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When I graduated from college, ms, jumped in my datsun station wagon and drove up highway 101. In Oregon and Washington would just drive until seeing a sign pointing to camping beach. Would pull over and stay for awhile. A neat trip, a month on the road, 7000 miles.
Oregon and Washington both had beautiful beaches, usually empty too.
 
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Lots of beautiful beaches over on the Olympic Peninsula side of Washington. Nice huge rocks line the water. My daughter was born over in Forks,Wa. which is right near all these beautiful beaches. We visited them all the time. Dug clams, smelt fished and just enjoyed the beach :cheerful:
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