Brooklyn: It’s Not Just for Hipsters

Marmota monaxA parent and young Woodchuck/Groundhog (Marmota monax). Marmota monaxHere’s the youngster, perhaps 2/3rds the size of the adult, who is presumably the mother as males visit burrows to mate but don’t stay around. Both animals were mowing through the grasses, then this one found a nut or fruit. They are eating-machines this time of year, fattening up for winter hibernation in the ample hills — but not as ample as they used to be — of Brooklyn. Chelydra serpentinaA big old Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina).Chelydra serpentinaGiving me the beady eye. The length of neck here is arm-like, hence the serpentina. I’ll be damned if I know how a) this big reptile survives in this little pond, and b) how it gets out, which I doubt it can do, since the wall surrounding it is about 3 feet high.
Archilochus colubrisA Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris), look closer, maneuvers for a drink.

All in Brooklyn, and on an afternoon’s walk.

1 Response to “Brooklyn: It’s Not Just for Hipsters”


  1. 1 Paul Lamb September 24, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    Saw a marmota monax on my run the other evening (though not so unlikely in suburban Kansas City).


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