This Eastern Chipmunk is one clever chipmunk! It found the yummy snack machine called the bird feeder. It went right up the pole and onto the plexiglass bottom landing tray. Because the chipmunk is very light, the animal did not trip the anti-squirrel mechanism and the tray did not dump the little rodent off. Oh well. Sly cute and funny. It is hard to be mad when these things happen. We likely will need to add a steel baffle on the pole. Maybe if we are lucky, that will work.
In the mean-time, one of the Grey Squirrels was up on our front porch yesterday morning. I am not hopeful that the squirrel won’t try to jump onto the bird feeder some day soon. If it does, it will not stay on the tray unless it really works at it. Hopefully all will be OK rodent-wise. I took these pictures yesterday (5/17/12) from my living room window. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo. Enjoy!
This little Eastern Chipmunk has twice been here on the porch. It is attracted by some spilled bird seed which I’m sure is a delicacy for the tiny and very cute rodent. The Eastern Chipmunks spend the colder months in their underground dens. I have only seen the Chipmunk the past couple of days so it either came from the far reaches of the little farm or was underground all this time. Who can say?
These Chipmunks eat seeds, nuts, fruits, roots, eggs and certain insects. Mostly though, they are plant-eating critters. They transport their food in pouches inside of their cheeks. Eastern Chipmunks are light brown with dark brown stripes on their backs and buff undersides. Running fast is a trait that allows the Chipmunks to avoid predators such as Hawks and Coyotes. I took the picture from my living room window yesterday at twilight. It was raining when I took that picture, which may also be another reason why the Chipmunk was on the covered porch. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!