My friends all know that I am shy,
But the chipmunk is twice as shy as I.
He moves with flickering indecision
Like stripes across the television.
He's like the shadow of a cloud,
Or Emily Dickinson read aloud.
Yet his ultimate purpose is obvious, very:
To get back to his chipmonastery.
Birds, squirrels and chipmunks never go hungry around Frank's place. The chippers are especially bold and all of them make their way onto the deck for munchies. One of them hops right onto the table to help him or herself to the peanuts that we bring out out in a cup to toss around the yard. They're such quick and clever little critters. I'll let this one talk for him or herself.
Hey! Where can a guy find some peanuts around here?
Hmmm, some evidence of their existence.
That darn blue jay always finds them before I do.
Hey you! Get away from my stash!
OMG! I have hit the jackpot!
Oh joy. Oh bliss! Oh nom nom nom.
I'll bet you think this is much too big for my little mouth, don't you? Just watch me.
A little tuck here.
A little tuck there.
Here a tuck.
There a tuck.
Efmmmpphrymmhere a chumpk murphk.
What? I'm just enjoying a balanced diet
Chipmunks are among the cutest creatures on the planet. You couldn't deny that, could you?
Here's a quick video showing some of that peanut-tucking. I'm sorry for the shaky image. I found it difficult to keep the little cutie in focus. It was only about a foot in front of me.
More photos coming up sometime soon.