Thursday, February 4, 2010

Hedgehog Day

Yep, I said Hedgehog Day.  Please don't argue with me.  Tuesday, as far as I'm concerned, was Hedgehog Day.  That's when Spike, the resident hedgehog at the Kansas City Zoo, emerged from his..his...wherever hedgehogs live and declared that he did not see his shadow.  I like his prediction better than that of his more famous cousin, Punxsutawney Phil.  Besides, Spike is way cuter than a groundhog. (No offense meant, Phil.)  Don't ya just love the grumpy look on the little guy's face?

11 comments:

  1. He's adorable. I've never seen a hedgehog or a groundhog in the US. I don't think we have them in the west. I first met hedgehogs when we lived in Germany. We'd always make the taxi drivers slow down and watch for them.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Aw, he is kinda cute in a spiky punk rocker kind of way.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I have a groundhog visitor who comes onto my deck in New England for peanuts I leave out for the critters.

    Here is a link to a photo of my groundhog friend:

    link

    ReplyDelete
  4. He looks like he's shivering cold and wants to go back to that....wherever hedgehogs sleep place.

    And....just thought I'd share with you that I've actually petted one of these guys. Well, you don't really pet them, you gently pat them. It was at a zoo here in Indiana.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Karen Anne, I love the photo! What else do you have visiting your deck?

    Milah, You got to pet one?! I wonder if the Kansas City Zoo would let me pet Sonic? Hmmm...

    ReplyDelete
  6. Karen Anne, Thanks for sharing those photos! Skunks are the cutest darn things. A couple summers ago I saw a mama skunk and four babies walking along all in a row. So cute. I love the photo where the bird's landing on the flower box, too. I'd love to have one of those heated birdbaths and get more birds in my yard.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Jayne,

    Thanks! They are such fun to watch and so beautiful.

    I've had the birdbath heater for a couple of years and it works well. The only thing it can't keep up with is if there's a howling wind, that seems to blow the water away, leaving the heater in a hole surrounded by ice. But with normal conditions, it has water around it when the temp is near zero.

    It's about $32 at amazon. That and an heavy duty extension cord and you're good to go, although I'm think you'd have to do something to keep it in place in a regular pedestal birdbath as opposed to mine with is flat on my deck:

    birdbath heater

    ReplyDelete
  8. That hedgehog is cute as can be!

    Karen Anne - I agree, thanks for sharing! We do get a lot of birds around here but other than that, I only see squirrels. How far are you from the water?

    ReplyDelete
  9. Kate, well sometimes a little to close to the water, as in 1938 and 1954, when it decided to visit the house :-(

    ReplyDelete
  10. So sometimes a little too close for comfort!

    ReplyDelete