Chipmunks At The Fire Pit

Thursday, April 20, 2017,

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This is a pair of Chipmunks that were hanging out near and on the fire pit of a cabin in the Adirondacks. They were using the fire pit as a staging area on their approach to and past the cabin. These are just two of several that were making the trip. I think the side yard was the target but I have no idea what they were after. It seems to me that are as many acorns in the woods out back as there are elsewhere so perhaps there’s something else that draws them. Maybe it’s real estate, as in a new place to nest and raise their families. This is just me guessing because I really don’t know what that parade of Chipmunks were after. I would sure like the answer. On the other hand, I think these little mysteries of Mother Nature are a big part of what draws me to Her. JK

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One Birder, Two Birders, Three Birders…

Sunday, November 20, 2016,


Hello dear readers, both of you. Click on the pic to see the GIF. Just having some fun with the pics in the previous post. Taken together, it looks to me like this this little guy is counting birders as they go past. Or, maybe just shaking his head at the myriad of intruders in his little bit of forest. JK

A Chipmunk at Avalon

Sunday, November 20, 2016,


This, obviously, is a Chipmunk. I love these little guys. So very cute, so very animated, and so very difficult to photograph because they dont sit still for very long. They’re like little dogs. The smaller they are, the more energy they seem to have. At least Chipmunks aren’t constantly yipping and yapping at ya. They’ve got some self respect. Plus, since they like to keep their personal space, you don’t need to worry about them nipping at your heels.


I got these two shots near the end of a Four Harbors Audubon Society walk at Avalon Preserve. We were there to observe and count birds. Myself, I’m there to to get whatever pics I can and this Chipmunk was the highlight of my morning. That happens. Alot. I can’t make the birds sit still any more than I can ask jumpy little mammals to do the same. Believe me, I’ve tried. I’ve also tried to grow hair with the same result. I still need a woolen cap in the winter to keep my noggin warm. Not to mention that I could use some sort of sunburn protection in the summer. Sometimes I think I love Mother Nature a whole lot more than she loves me. Then again, without Her, these shots never happen. JK