Thursday, March 26, 2009


After the ecclesiastical euphoria of the last few days it is time to return to a more settled existance and concentrate on things nearer and of equal importance. And here's one of them: The woodchuck is back!

I'd better explain. There is a small wood and embankment just north of the Montauk Highway in Sagaponack (actually land owned by the Wolffer Vineyard) where last fall an adult woodchuck was frequently seen rooting around or sunning himself (not that I want to be gender-specific though.) Then came the winter months and the creature naturally went to ground. Yesterday he was sighted again, and we are all thankful that he survived the harsh cold season.

Woodchucks are deep hibernators and can dig burrows with tunnels many feet long. But my theory is that this special individual is a Hamptons Woodchuck, and therefore has a second, winter burrow in West Palm Beach. Of course he has!

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