This year, we've been lucky enough to have a chipmunk hanging around our garden. I feed a lot of birdseed on the ground or a platform feeder: most of the birds here seem to prefer ground-scattered seed to hanging seed feeders. Sometimes the ground feeding backfires: this year I'm buying seed at a furious rate because a flock of about 25 mourning doves have discovered our yard. I thought I liked mourning doves, which in recent years have seemed to be losing out to the larger white-winged and Eurasian collared doves ... but 25 is really too much of a good thing.
Where was I? Oh, yes, chipmunks. Usually they prefer the canyon's
edge, about a mile away; we get rock squirrels here, but no tree squirrels
and seldom chipmunks. So we were very happy when one took up residence
here earlier this spring and became a regular visitor to our seed station,
as well as running along the brick wall outside my office.
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