About 3 miles off of Route 5S west
One beautiful summer morning I was setup in my blind shooting Tree Swallows tirelessly flying back and forth to feed their four bottomless nestlings. In the area was a Woodchuck family, a female and her three "chucklings", who would show up from time to time to feed in the field. I watched them enough during other visits to realize one youngster was the self-designated sentinel - even with mom close by. It would pop up on hind legs, spooking its siblings, while on the lookout for danger. This morning Mom and the chucklings happened to show up, so I took turns aiming my long lens at them and the swallows. In this shot, the sentinel suddenly sat up tall, startling its siblings which caused the littlest to cuddle up close and the other to freeze in place. I found it hard to take the sentinel serious...especially with the fly perched on its head.