Can’t you just hear it? Dave Seville screaming Alvin’s name to get his attention? I used to love listening to Alvin and The Chipmunk tunes….ok, I still do, just ask my kids and husband at Christmas time exactly what is the first CD I put on… It is Alvin & The Chipmunks (sheepish grin here).
So here on the homestead, I have 5 Chipmunks all screaming for my attention…well, they aren’t actually *mine*, but more so that they think *my yard* is *their yard* and raid my bird feeder and scamper up onto my feet looking for handouts 12/7 (yes, they do sleep at night thankfully).
Out of these 5 chipmunks that spend their days foraging for their winter stash, one is an extremely wise, crafty ol’ coot that could actually be the smart, sneaky Alvin from tv/music fame.
He deftly scampers up the tree, leaps onto the squirrel-proof bird feeder (don’t even go there, this is a chipmunk, NOT a squirrel) and then proceeds to stuff his cheek pouches full of sunflower seeds in 30 seconds flat and then scamper off to unload and be back before you can say gesundheit….or sooner…
The others (thankfully) do not climb the tree, they wait until Alvin drops enough seeds whilst stuffing his face and they then vacuum up the ground beneath… BUT…as adorable as these critters are, they are relentless and will stop at nothing to keep another chipmunk from getting at what they think is THEIRS…and while Alvin stuffs his cheeks, the others are fighting like you wouldn’t believe…Check these two out….one frame shot after the other….
Chipmunks move FAST….they soon disappeared in a zig-zag pattern into the brush and all I heard was squeals of protest.
These Chipmunks of mine spend from sun-up to sun-down with one clear mission in mind…
More…More…More…Get the seed…get the seed…get the seed…more…more…more….ya got any? huh huh huh? MINE MINE MINE!!!
You get the picture.
I now have to head to town tomorrow for more birdseed and peanuts….
I love life on the Homestead.