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As Eastern Chipmunks (Tamias striatus_) of all stripes & colors seem to be popular these days, I’ll add my tiny, be-pouched two cents.
This lady has a few battle scars (especially on her back), & plenty of audacity. She interacts with the Gray squirrels, & occasionally runs at the younger Grays, who have been known to drop peanuts when surprised. The older squirrels, Red & Gray, co-exist with the chips without much of any ado. This girl lives in the back shed, under the back shed, all around the back shed, & I’ve tried hard to entice her to dip her tail in the paint can & give the back shed a little touch-up. So far, though she does work for peanuts when she works, she doesn’t work. She is very tame & is not above coming into the house for a perambulation around the ground floor. She could wreak havoc if left to her own devices, so we do not encourage this behavior. She never gets upset, unlike most of her counterparts.
This wiki
chipmunk article on T. striatus mentions burrows & holes & entrances & storage units & torpor, but it does not mention our back shed.
This would be ‘interacting’.
Hamburg, NY

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  • ctheworld
    ctheworldover 4 years ago

    Adorable capture!

  • Many thanks, Arlane. She LIVES for peanuts, & is not averse to the occasionaly walnut bit or raspberry or blueberry or strawberry or……. You get the picture. She appears to like me, too, though she has not as yet tried to stuff one of my toes into her pocket.

    – artwhiz47

  • Gene Walls
    Gene Wallsover 4 years ago

    Cute capture, Sheila! She looks like a real sweetie!

  • She is a bundle of fun, this one. But you have to watch her every minute or she’ll be up your pantleg…. Thanks, Gene.

    – artwhiz47

  • WatscapePhoto
    WatscapePhotoover 4 years ago

    Superb capture, Sheila. Sounds like a real character.

  • Thanks, Steve. Yes, she is a sure-fire winner & can be counted on to lift the spirits!

    – artwhiz47

  • deb cole
    deb coleover 4 years ago

    What a cutie-patootie! Lovely shot, Sheila!

  • Couldn’t have put it better myself. I’ll tell her you said so. Last night there was a collective ‘scurry’ of chipmunks (2 – this one BY FAR the tamer) & Gray squirrels all vying for the finer things in life (nuts). And they say that these rodents are ‘solitary creatures’…. Thanks, Deb.

    – artwhiz47

  • oulgundog
    oulgundogover 4 years ago

    LOl nice shot Sheila!

  • Are you laughing at my little chipster? Join the club. Thanks, Steve.

    – artwhiz47

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 4 years ago

    What a sweetie, Sheila. Wonderful shot! I see there’s kind of an uneasy peace, similar to Chez Sister’s, although the Jays do like to stir things up a bit….

  • This peace becomes easier day by day. This girl really likes my frayed jeans ~ doesn’t try to eat them, but looks at the loose threads a lot. The ‘scurry’ of munks & squigs last night was an absolute hoot. I froze my bits & pieces sitting outside with the riot going on around me, but I laughed enough to stay warm. Nice thing is that they are there wreaking their own kind of havoc when you are out there with fodder, but they go off in search of maple seeds & other natural wonders when you’re not, & so far, not one of them (two would-be alpha adult female Gray squigs, including our beloved Lady Grey, all of Lady’s four now-grown youngsters, plus two or three young adult interlopers; two munks who interact pretty comfortably most of the time [with the occasional Chip & Dale routine thrown in], with each other & with the squirrels; one Red squig) has become really aggressive or problematic. The minute this occurs, they’re cut off, except for Lady G, who has her own agenda, her own schedule, does not lower herself to mayhem unless truly irritated, & who stays away from the nonsense. When they’re not here, or off in the wild, they’re at the neighbors’, so all bases are covered. Thanks, Mike.

    – artwhiz47

  • mttmaliha
    mttmalihaover 4 years ago

    awww. what a cute creatue. Oh you let her in!! Brave lady!

  • Ha ha! I didn’t exactly let her in; I left the door open, truth be told, & it only happened that one time. So far. I followed her around as she investigated, made sure she didn’t go upstairs, but she didn’t need much shepherding. Made one circuit – kitchen, dining room, living room (door to ‘library’ was closed), stopped by a heating register but didn’t take a dive, looked at the piano for a moment (I have an old book about a family of mice who live in a piano, so this went through my head), then back through the kitchen & out the door. No sweat. We are now very careful to keep the door between kitchen & shed firmly shut! Thanks, Maureen.

    – artwhiz47

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksover 4 years ago
    Cute little critter Sheila – we don’t have chipmunks in NZ, only possums !
  • Thanks, Roy. Ah, yes – chipmunks are creatures of North America pretty much, & our Easterns are the smallest of the lot, I think. Have seen the similar but larger Ground Squirrels out west. We have possums here, too, & while they are marsupials, they’re quite different from yours. A fascinating bunch, these critters.

    – artwhiz47

  • Brock Hunter
    Brock Hunterover 4 years ago

    if you were any closer she would be fogging up the lens, great shot.

  • Or climbing up my neck or eating my pants. An endearing little sprite, with no perceptible fear. The shot taken immediately before this one had her looking more or less straight ahead. I then said something like ‘Smile!’, & she did, sort of. She turned & looked at me at least…. Thanks, Brock.

    – artwhiz47

  • 1stImpressions
    1stImpressionsover 4 years ago

    great photography sheila

  • Thank you, S & L ~ great subject with an ambition to be a photographer’s model, actually. Haven’t worked out a payment schedule with her yet, but as I say in my text, she works for peanuts, if & when she works at all, & we can still afford that!

    – artwhiz47

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