Life in gopher land – photo essay

A gopher slowly emerges from its burrow after the recent snowfall. | Sandy Black photo

Farmers weren’t the only ones who had to dig out from the recent snowstorm that hit much of Manitoba as well as eastern Saskatchewan. Richardson ground squirrels, more commonly known in this part of the world as gophers, also had to cope with the surprise snow, as well as a pesky magpie. The action was photographed near Brandon. | Sandy Black photos

Feeling that all is safe, it chirps to see if anyone else is around. | Sandy Black photo
Not everyone is welcomed, however, as the first gopher declares its territory. | Sandy Black photo
A magpie finds a tasty morsel at the entrance to a burrow. | Sandy Black photo
A gopher keeps an eye on the approaching magpie. | Sandy Black photo


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