Changing Perceptions

This morning, while we were waiting for the appraiser, the tiny “least chipmunk” dropped by the feeder. These little chipmunks look very much like their bigger brethren, but the are less than half their size. The birds are bigger than this chipmunk. There’s only one of them that comes to the feeder, or maybe only one at a time. I admit, I can’t really tell one from another. I think it’s a lady because she climbs up, gets to a feeder, loads up her cheek pouches with seeds, then skedaddles home to feed the babies. i’m just assuming there are babies. Mom looks very well fed. She came and went half a dozen times this morning. She’s not afraid of me, at least not like the birds are. She will watch me with the camera. She stares straight at me without even a little shiver.

I love the way she twists around the feeder.


Categories: Animals, Blackstone Valley, Gallery, Nature, Photography, square, Wildlife

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32 replies

  1. I love chipmunks… and these images are lovely!


  2. How in the world do they work the sunflower seeds out through those screens? He/she earns her/his supper.


    • Apparently they are big enough.Barely. We have one specifically for black sunflower seeds (which has a bigger screen). The one that was easiest for them they would entirely empty a few hours. And it got smashed to pieces in less than two days. I think the the raccoons got it. But at night, between the raiding raccoons and the dozens of flying squirrels, they would empty it out — and it contained 10 pounds of feed — before morning. Now, the feeder requires more effort and we aren’t going bankrupt trying to feed everything that lives in the woods.


  3. what great shots, you can tell a story with these πŸ™‚


  4. She is so gorgeous! I’d give anything to have a visitor like that swinging from my feeders!

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  5. This is how I prefer my chipmunks, with their mouths full of seeds. This way, they can not sing annoying, high pitched Christmas songs…


    • This little guys don’t even yell at you. The big ones, when we had them around — and before the other predators ate them for lunch — used to chitter at us whenever we went up the driveway into the house. They seemed to feel it was THEIR yard. These little guys, though, don’t sing, chitter, or yell at us. They are very quiet, but they will stare right at you daring you to do something. And they are just so small …\

      I wouldn’t be surprised if they all dropped by at Christmas with a song on their tiny lips.


  6. So cute! So ‘cheeky’ (forgive the pun) πŸ˜† Thanks Marilyn for sharing your pictures of the lady mini…


  7. She has true grit!


  8. In our Mountain Retreat, we are inundated, over run, invaded by chipmunks…not as bad as your insect invasion, but if we are not careful to deprive them of easy food, they end up building their Winter Homes in our car engines.
    But I love them…cheeky little devils that they are, so dang cute. Last year, I watched a Mama move her 6 or 7 tiny babies, one at a time, clear across the yard and up the hill behind the house. Heart warming to watch. And now, when one loads up at the bird feeder, I wonder how far those stuffed cheeks are going to travel before a download.

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    • We used to be overrun with the full-size chipmunks. They chittered at us because they thought our backyard was THEIR backyard. Then came the coyotes fishers, foxes, and bobcats … and vanished. Now we have the miniatures.


  9. Great photography but how did you come to know that it was a lady????? ha ha ha .


  10. These really are great photographs, Marilyn.

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  11. She is so cute…and those little chipmunk cheeks!

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  12. Adorable is just the word I was thinking of as well.

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  13. He/she is so tiny and adorable.

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