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A “Mighty-might” Chipmunk

A few Eastern Chipmunks make their homes in my yards.  I have recently been posting a lot here about the various Ducks, Bald Eagle, and Songbirds, so I thought I would mix it up a bit and talk about the little Chipmunks that also live in my yards here all year-long.  The particular Chipmunk that inhabits my backyard has begun to come out of its burrow much more often now.  I think it loves the “Squirrel chow” feed mix that I have been throwing out in the yard for the Grey Squirrels, Mourning Doves, and the other ground feeding birds.  The Chipmunks may also be the clean-up squad for the spilled bird seed from the backyard feeders.  The backyard Chipmunk is very cute and it is a bold, bold little guy.  I actually saw that Eastern Chipmunk chase off an Eastern Blue Jay from under the feeder!  That is very aggressive for such a tiny animal!  So, I am accurate when I call this Chipmunk a “Mighty-might”.  In one photo I took, the Chipmunk is seen eating with the American Coots.  That Chipmunk knew its limits, I think!  I am including photographs I have taken on 1/6/11 and several I took in the past two weeks.  I took all of the pictures in my own yards.  Today has started out as another snowy day.  We had a little snow last night so we have about 4″ of snow here on the ground, plus or minus.  Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger photo.  Enjoy!

A Red-Tailed Hawk Takes a Perch

A Red-Tailed Hawk has decided that one of my backyard Oak Trees is a fine place to temporarily perch.  The Red-Tailed Hawk has visited my backyard for several hours in the afternoons of both December 30, 2010 and December 31, 2010, and the morning of 12/31/10.  I took these pictures from my deck and from my upstairs windows.  The bird seemed to very very tolerant of quiet humans being outside.  There were many American Coots around here plus the huge numbers of Ducks.  We also have several Eastern Chipmunks and loads of Grey Squirrels.  All can be prey for this large raptor.  It sure is a beautiful bird to see up close.  It must be the time of year for the birds to have fresh beautiful and colorful feathers.  Most seem to have the most elegant array of feathering.  I was happy to see it even if it did scare all of the small animals into hiding.  The presence of the Hawk did cause the Ducks to paddle a bit farther away from the shore,  and some Ducks such as the Lesser Scaups, dove under the water.  Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Got Squirrel Chow?

Mallard Ducks love a hand-out just as much as the Grey Squirrels do!  I was only a bit surprised when I saw this drake Mallard Duck under my backyard bird feeder on the very cold afternoon of December 27, 2010.  I’ll just bet that this Mallard Duck was one of the bunch that were here under the bird feeder during this past summer.  I recall that the Mallards were the beneficiaries of the spilled bird seed that had fallen because the Grey Squirrel was up on the feeder.   I had put out some Purina Squirrel Chow mix for the Grey Squirrels, the Mourning Doves, and the Chipmunks.  Apparently the Crows, and the Ducks love it too!  It is probably the corn and sunflower seeds that the critters love so much.  My husband told me that he had seen two hen Mallard Ducks fly quickly away from the backyard just moments before I had looked out with the camera.  I took these pictures on 12/13/10 (Crows), 12/26/10 (Doves), and 12/27/10 (Mallard) from the window in my basement.  Note that I am not intentionally feeding the Ducks.  By they way, the lake is still quite frozen today.   Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger photo.  Enjoy!

Doves & Chipmunk under the feeder

Duck Tracks in the Snow

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