Friday, May 29, 2009

Chipmunk

With all the clearcutting and construction in the area, this little fella has decided to take up residence in my woodpile. He's been very busy gathering mouthfuls of hay and fluff, stopping every minute or so for a snack of bird seeds. You can't really tell from the picture, but he's quite tiny, not much bigger than a gerbil. Nonetheless, he's quite brave; he rushed out and scolded my son last night for leaning against the woodpile.

Progress stripped your home
so you wandered, lost, this way
settled down by me

19 comments:

Faith said...

Progress:(.
What a lovely picture and poem. The chipmunks here are so brave and quick -- they live in the foundation of a house across the street. Last year my cat (who is usually very lazy) brought one into the house completely unharmed. It took me nearly 2 hours to capture it and let it go!! Poor little thing. I felt so bad scaring it so.

Catvibe said...

Aren't they wonderful? We have many around our yard and in the woodpile and I love them. I was glad to see that Obama is making it harder to cut roads into roadless areas. I did a documentary radio program once about how roads seriously mess things up for forest dwellers, especially birds, because cow birds that eat songbird eggs come up the roads when the forest is fragmented. People don't think broadly enough, they just whack and destroy in the name of 'progress'. We'll progress ourselves right out of life with that attitude.

SarahA said...

Sad world we live in now, I am thinking.
I am loving your words and picture. He is a handsome chap.

Piratedred said...

Sometimes we all feel like the chipmunk.

Karen said...

Love this little guy, and I'm glad he found YOUR home to make his own. Wait till he fills those jowls with seed. I've seen them get so big the chipmunk can't get back into his hole. So cute.

Lisa said...

wow- poor little guy being so displaced- great photo though x

Woman in a Window said...

Glad he found you.

We relocated our chipmunk a couple years ago when we got a dog. I caught him in an icecream container and we drove him miles up the tote road far from us. One week later he was home. OH yes he was. Same lump.

jozien said...

Well maybe that's what does it. He must be grateful to you Rachel, because i haven't had a chipmunk this year, who wanted to pose for me.
Thanks!

Rikkij said...

Rach- it's so sad to see an alone chipmunk calling all day for a mate-they sure are cute lil buggers!~rick

RachelW said...

Faith, I'm so glad to hear he was unharmed! It's amazing what cats will drag in, quite literally. One of mine used to bring baby rabbits home. He killed two, and left them as a gift on my back doorstep. Argh! The third I managed to rescue from him. He's an indoor cat now. :)

Cat, I'm with you 100%. I'm glad he's in our woodpile, but I wish it wasn't necessary.

Sarah, thank you, and I agree, his is a handsome fella!

Pirate, yes. We do.

Karen, I'm so glad, too. Funny about the cheeks full of seeds!

Lisa, yes.

Erin, oh wow! That's neat. Did you let him stay then?

Jozien, I'm sure you'll encounter some soon!

Rick, I'm sure there are others around, for a mate. I saw one a couple doors down, exploring the underside of an SUV. It's freaky to see these little guys jump right up into the suspension of a car. They are quite territorial, but they will allow others around at least to mate. I have a feeling this one won't be lonely.

Poetikat said...

Your chipmunks are much lighter in colour than ours. Ours have a really reddish cast to their fur and they are a bit bigger. I love to feed ours peanuts from my hand. We had one that came regularly and we called him "Dizzy" after D. Gillespie. Then another time we christened one "Hoover" (for obvious reasons).

The haiku is sweet.

Kat

Ghost Dansing said...

i like him.....

Mike-Mike said...

My home was destroyed without my consent

I searched and searched and chirped for a new home

I was excepted by an Angel and her compassionate children

I settled down and I hear a companion very near

Life is good, again>>Chirrrr-Chirp!!

Aniket said...

Ahh.... the lil' guy reminds me so much of the Gremlins. I mean with no water on them. The cute and cuddly ones. :D

He made a wise choice in picking up a home. :)

Diane Vogel Ferri said...

Chipmunks are the cutest little pests. when my dog killed one last week I was SO mad at her! (But I know she was doing her God-given thing)

ConverseMomma said...

We have a possum. She crawls across the street at night and in early morning with babies on her back. My children go crazy at the sight of her, so plump and lovely.

Mike-Mike said...

Hey! Today I had a visit from guess who? Right, a chipmunk :)-very sweet!
Maybe the recent trees I planted has appealed to this little critter. And maybe, Rachel, we could introduce our new friends to each other>>This would be lovely, don't you think so?

Chirrrrr...Chirp xxxxxxxxx

RachelW said...

I just responded to everyone, then Blogger ate my response. Grr!! Thanks, everyone. Mike-Mike, that's so sweet that you have a chipmunk hanging around, too; I like you story, also. Diane, I would have been furious too! Kelly, I wish I could see your possum family, and I know my kids would love them also. Aniket, gremlins? Haha! Kat, I wonder if this one will ever get that tame? I think the chipmunks are smaller here. Ghost, I like him too...

Rob-bear said...

Loved the haiku and the picture. Chipmunks are as mischievous as they are fun. We have a red squirrel who pops by, and gathers up the seeds the birds have dropped from the feeders to the ground. But the squirrel is not the same thing as a chipmunk.