Fall food: Chapter II

After the vulture, you might prefer the distinctly cuddlier Eastern Chipmunk, Tamias striatus. This one was teetering round in the seedheads of my garden Nigella plants, clinging to the stalks and eating away.



At 2-5oz, or 66-150g, he was just light enough to get away with this, and he reminded me rather of a humungous dormouse. He is airborne, supported only by the flower stalks. You can see that the cheek pouches are beginning to fill up.


Every summer I train a chipmunk to eat out of my hand (very easy to do), and this summer he got brave enough to come to me even with my grandson on my lap, as you can see in this photo taken by my son..



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