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Photographs of Chipmunks Collecting Food in Fall

Chipmunks can be speedy little food gatherers!  The resident Chipmunk that lives in my back yard has learned to run up the pole and grab a fast bite from the bird feeder.  Guess the little guy saw the Grey Squirrels doing that and copied the strategy.  The Chipmunks also are picking up Acorns, Hickory Nuts, Walnuts, Butter Nuts, and berries and seeds.  The Chipmunks also eat insects, duck eggs, and any small animal that they can catch.  They store up a large number of seeds and nuts for the colder winter months.  It does occasionally snow here but not on a regular basis during the winter.  The Chipmunks have a large tunnel system (maybe they use gopher or vole tunnels too) with many holes to enter and exit by.  So far I have not ever had any trouble from the Chipmunks here.  I know that others have had problems with the Chipmunks digging or eating prized flowers.  I consider myself lucky.  I just get to enjoy all of the speedy comings and goings.  I am though, in the process of training the Chipmunk not to climb on the bird feeder (I just come outside and make a lot of noise and scare it off).  I took these pictures this past week in my yards.  Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Active and Resting Grey Squirrels

I recently took these pictures of some of the many Grey Squirrels we have in our neighborhood.  The Grey Squirrels are busily gathering nuts, acorns, and such for the coming winter.  They sometimes cache their food but don’t recall where they put it away.  In time, other Squirrels or Chipmunks may come across the food and eat it themselves.  In some cases, the uneaten nuts acorns and seeds will actually sprout!  Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Rodent Neighbors

I just am so lucky to live in an area just teeming with wildlife!  I see a lot of very cute rodents such as Grey Squirrels, Cotton-tail Rabbits, and Chipmunks several times a week if not daily.  We have about ten Cotton-tail Rabbits here on the street.  We have numerous Chipmunks and Grey Squirrels too!  Almost every house here has several Grey Squirrels in their trees.

The Grey Squirrels eat seeds, acorns, nuts, bark, and small fruits.  The Rabbits mostly eat grass, tender leaves, flowers, and occasionally, small fruits and vegetables.  The Chipmunks eat seeds, nuts, small fruits and occasionally, insects.  The Squirrels live in the trees, the Rabbits and the Chipmunks live in underground burrows.  Occasionally, Rabbits in the wild will live above ground under thick shrubbery and bushes.  Here are some pictures I have recently taken in my yard and along the street where I live.  Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Squirrel Caught Stealing Birdseed From the Feeder!

Grey Squirrels get hungry for “Fast food” just like we people sometimes do!  I was quick to grab my camera when my husband pointed out the window of our basement at the Squirrel that was draped over the bird feeder head down and the long claws of both rear paws just clinging to the top.  The roof of the feeder has just enough slope to it and has ridges that helped the Squirrel stretch, lean and balance without a fall.  The bandit grabbed quickly with one fore-paw, and hung there munching with the other.  At times, the Squirrel just stuck its head into the opening of the feeder and ate right from it.  Fun pictures!  I took these through the window so they’re not the clearest.  Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Cheerfully Cute Squirrels

The Grey Squirrels here can be found in very amusing poses when just perched on tree branches, sitting on the ground, or yes, strolling or sitting on the telephone wires.  It just makes me smile to see the Squirrels nearly every time I find them.  Squirrels are agile, great leapers, have outstanding balance, and are clever.  Living in the tree tops, they can get out on the thinnest branches and are used to being high up. Grey Squirrels also scamper around on lawns and in the drainage ditches looking for nuts, seeds, and small fruits.  The Squirrels also tear up large leaves and small sticks which are used by them to make their nests.  A Squirrel’s nest looks a lot like a very large bird’s nest.  Squirrels often take shelter in their nests for the night.  Some of these photographs are recent and some were from this past fall.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of that photograph.  Enjoy!

Naughty!

Cheeky Chipmunks

The Chipmunks around my yards and in my neighborhood seem to be a lot more active in recent days.  I have installed a new bird feeder in both my front and back yards.  The resident Chipmunk loves to clean up fallen bird seed from around the bird feeder area on the ground.  The Chipmunks carry a lot of their food in special pouches within their cheeks.  That is why sometimes you’ll see a Chipmunk with huge stuffed puffed cheeks!  The Chipmunks are busy working on gathering seeds nuts and acorns to store for food to eat this coming winter.  The Chipmunks will also enjoy fresh small berries and fruits.  They occasionally will hunt for small insects, and eggs.  The Chipmunk is quite acrobatic and very very fast.  They do tend to tunnel in the ground.  They are generally solitary except when finding a mate.  Usually there are only one or two Chipmunks in an average home yard area.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version.  Enjoy!

Squirrels in Love

Three Squirrels and a Rabbit

The young Grey Squirrels here are all up racing around chattering, posturing, and challenging each other over sweet young lady squirrels.  I saw three males and a female in a single Oak Tree recently.  The female was at the far end of the branch with a dominant youngster in front and the other two guys trying to also court her.  Nothing doing said the dominant young male!  It was tender and comical.  None of the squirrels got hurt in all of this, at least not from what I could see.  Just a right of passage for all teen-agers, I’m sure.  These Grey Squirrels have been chasing each other all around the yards, both in my own yards and those of my next door neighbor.  They were so rowdy that they even got a little Cotton-tail Rabbit worried!  Good thing the we have a lot of trees here!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of the photograph.  Enjoy!  Update:  The Squirrels and Chipmunks are not the only ones cleaning up under the new back yard bird feeder.  Just this afternoon I actually saw a Mallard Duck fly back to the water from under that feeder!  – Wildlifewatcher.

The Sweet Little Lady

Dominate Male Suitor

Defending the Sweet Lady

Suitor Number Two

Suitor Number Three

Grey Squirrel’s Expressway

The Grey Squirrels are very acrobatic animals.  They are also quite clever.  The Squirrels here have figured out that our telephone electric lines are a great way to get around.  I have seen many Squirrels using the wire as an expressway, turnpike, or freeway!  They effortlessly balance and run along the wire from place to place, tree-top to tree-top.  The downside to all of this running on the lines is the wear and tear damage to our electric wires, poles, and of course, the occasional danger to the Squirrels themselves.   Non-the-less, those Squirrels do travel!  I recently took these pictures in my neighborhood.  Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger size of that photo.  Enjoy!

A Bunch of Bunnies in July

We are having a lot of Cotton-tailed Rabbits browsing on lawns on my street these days.  I also had a Rabbit in my own backyard last evening at twilight.  The Rabbits are enjoying the grass and tender leaves of shrubbery.  It rained the day before yesterday and that may have made the grass even tastier to those bunnies.  I have counted nine individual Cotton-tailed Rabbits of different ages.  One is a lovely light creamy tan color and is very large.  The one in my backyard was very scrawny looking and fairly young.  Unfortunately for that bunny, there did not seem to be much of its liking around in my backyard (no lawn just almost bare dirt at the moment).  These pictures were taken on July 9th and 10th at various times of the day  at several spots along my street.  Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger photo.  Enjoy!

In and Out Chipmunk

This Chipmunk was amusing to watch. It popped out of its burrow in the ground and scampered around the area searching for food.  It kept going in and out quickly.  I snapped a bunch of pictures of its comings and goings.  I observed this Chipmunk for about five minutes.  I think that the Chipmunk went into its burrow about three times in that five minute stretch.  Chipmunks eat seeds, nuts, and small fruits.  They are Rodents.  They have ever-growing front teeth and so they must gnaw on hard food or on small pieces of wood to keep their teeth short.  Chipmunks are super speedy little guys who are fun to watch.  Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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