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The Chipmunk in the Yard

I have been wanting to see the Chipmunks that live in my backyard and lo and behold, the other day, one appeared.  I so enjoy watching the little Eastern Chipmunks busily at work in the yards during the Fall months.  This guy was darting around on the patio and stone staircase in my backyard on October 9, 2011 in the morning when I snapped these pictures.  Chipmunks love Acorns, nuts, seeds, and small insects.  They live underground in tunnels that they dig or borrow from other similar rodents.  So far, the Eastern Chipmunks have been less of a problem to my yards than their cousins the Moles.  My front lawn has a resident Mole colony at the moment.  I will be addressing that new problem soon with hopefully non-lethal methods.  Back to the chipmunks – I think that the chipmunks are interesting, intelligent little animals.  I am enjoying seeing them at work collecting future meals.  They collect the seeds and other foods and stuff their cheek pouches with the food.  They then carry the food to a hiding place where that food is stored away for future meals and snacks.   I was glad to have seen and photographed the little guy in action!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Comments on: "The Chipmunk in the Yard" (5)

  1. adorableness on 4 feet! 🙂

  2. He is just so cute!!! I haven’t seen a chipmunk in so long. When I was a child, we had chipmunks and squirrels out back. We trained the squirrels to eat peanuts from our hands, but it took much more patience with the chipmunks. But every so often, one would dare to grab the nut and scamper away.

  3. Oh Please… Don’t ‘wish’ for chipmunks in your yard. They’ll try to take over.. Ours dig tunnels under our house/under our driveway/under our deck, etc… We try our best to get them to move on… They are cute —but not in MY yard destroying our flowerbeds with their tunnels.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

  4. It’s interesting to see the eastern version of the chipmunk. the difference from the western one seem very slight. I bet their antics are much the same too!

  5. I love the cute chipmunks, they seem to like my bird seeds. Let me know of your solution for the moles. We also have a problem with them in our backyard.

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