Posts in Category: chipmunk

Winter chipper

The chipmunks are all sound asleep in our yard, or at least I have not seen them in a month or more, but on my walks through deeper forest, I have seen several chipmunks moving around recently, despite the cold. I caught this one scampering back to its borrow. It stopped on what appears to be its own doorstep to assess my intentions. I took a few photos and then moved on so it could finish whatever business brought it out on a January afternoon. Sony Rx10iv at 1200mm equivalent (600mm optical and 2x Clear Image Zoom). Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos. ISO 2000 @ f4 @ 1/500th.

Hoover at the seed…

Chipmunk, Kennebunk, Maine, USA — I am not in the habit of naming our wild neighbors, but if I were, this one would be “Hoover”. It is dainty, even for a chipmunk, and it is the last of our chipmunk visitors to be a daily under the feeders. Perhaps it was assigned clean-up duty, or perhaps it is a first year chipper and does not have the whole “pack it away for winter” thing down yet. Whatever. I am fine with it until it climbs up and raids the sunflower seed feeder. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos. ISO 800 @ f4 @ 1/500th.

Mealworms: not just for birds :)

Our Chipmunks are evidently busy elsewhere, putting in supplies for the winter, as we are not seeing them on the deck much. This youngster, one of this year’s second brood, came yesterday, drawn by the spilled mealworms we put out for the Bluebirds. Of course he was hovering up all the spilled seed as well. The original handy-vac, cleaning up our deck. We appreciate his efforts, and the opportunity to watch him…just as long as he does not go for the feeders themselves. 🙂 Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos. ISO 640 @ f4 @ 1/500th.

Mind that tongue!

I spent some time in the photo blind the other day and was entertained by this chipmunk getting a drink from my pump and bucket water feature. The chipmunks are very bold. Twice now I have had them join me in the blind when I apparently set it up across one of their highways…or maybe they were just being friendly. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.

Chipmunk into the leaves

The thing about nature is, you just never know what you might see. I have never seen a Chipmunk “eating” leaves before, but this one was picking up dry leaves and mulching then into his cheek pouches. I suspect he was not after any lingering nutrition…they were the driest of the dry leaves at his disposal…but maybe planned to use them as winter insulation for his nest??? Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.

Naughty Chipmunk!

I have discovered before this that “squirrel proof” feeders are not necessarily “chipmunk proof”. The chipmunk is often just light enough not to fully trip the squirrel protection. As this chipper has discovered there is just enough of a gap to give limited access to the seed…not enough of a gap to make it easy, but enough of a gap to make it possible. Fortunately there are easier ways to get food, and the chipmunks do not empty the feeder…only taking a few seeds at a time. Still, this one I caught in the act. Naughty chipmunk! Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.

Coy

I enjoy the symmetry and the flow of the pattern on this resting chipmunk’s back. And the rich browns in contrast to the blue green and grey wood. And I suppose the contrast in textures, wood and fur. And that’s it. That is all there is to this photo. 🙂 Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos. Taken at Laudholm Farms in Wells, Maine.

Laudholm Chipper

The chipmunks are everywhere abundant this year. We see them every day around the yard. They have made repeated attempts to undermine our rose bush. They like to play hide and seek among the marigolds in the planters on the back deck. Carol rescued one from drowning in a water bucket yesterday, and I suspect, from the nighttime noises in the walls, that they have gotten into the house. This one was on the boardwalk at Laudholm Farms, and let me walk right up to it. The shot is cropped only on the long axis, full frame otherwise…so I as close indeed. I have to admit, I have a lot more time for chipmunks than for squirrels, which this year, is a good thing. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.

Chipper at the fountain

The water feature I put in for my backyard photo blind has been a mixed success. I would have to keep it running all the time I think, for the birds and other critters to get used to it and figure it out more than they have. The Chipmunks were actually the first to learn to use it, and this youngster is supremely confident now. 🙂 Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.

One little Chipmunk on a Mission!

I spent an hour or more watching one little Chipmunk haul away my scatter of sunflower seeds in front of my new bird / photo blind, two packed cheek pouches at a time. She lives under the shed two backyards over from us, and made a dozen trips across the yards to load up on seeds. Watching her skitter through the leaf litter was a real treat. When she stood tall to scope out the situation on each trip, you could see the reason for her urgency…she was obviously nursing at least 6 pups. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.