Monday, January 17, 2011

Chipmunks and Red Squirrels of the Vermilon River. A Post to My World Tuesday.

Red Squirrel


Red Squirrel

Chipmunk
I've already done a post on red squirrels, so I'm going to concentrate on chipmunks, which are,of course, the favourite of campers everywhere. They're a bit different here, because they're part of the food chain, and therefore they are much more remiss to show themselves for any lenght of time. So getting them to pose is difficult.

Some chipmunk facts:
1) They hibernate until March and emerge even if the forest is deep in snow.
2) They are solitary except for the mothers with their young.
3) Interlopers will retreat from territories if the owner chipmunk shows up.
4) There are two varieties with the eastern chipmunk about double the size of the western.

All information from http://www.hww.ca/hww2.asp?id=86 Who's who in The Hinterland.

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22 comments:

  1. Chipmunks seem to be a universally liked animal. I know I LOVE them, even though they dig many holes in my gardens. Sadly they are part of the food chain here too - neighbourhood cats are the culprits.

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  2. Yes, I love the little buggers, too! We don't have many in this city neighborhood, but every now and then, I'll catch sight of one. The local cats are frequently on the prowl! Great captures for the day! Hope you have a wonderful week!

    Sylvia

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  3. I love the chipmunks and the one I love is the red squirrel, they are precious.

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  4. Thanks Sylvia K for the visit, and candid remarks.

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  5. Hi Bob. You always praise those squirrels.

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  6. Cute critters. Does Boomer chase them?

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  7. Thanks for the chipmunk facts! Love them and red squirrels.

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  8. Nice shots - chipmunks are so cute. It's funny because this is the second squirrel-related post in a row in blogs I'm visiting :-)

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  9. Wow - double the size of the ones I'm used to? Fabulous! I love that.
    -- K

    Kay, Alberta
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

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  10. Love Chipmunks ever since my visit to California a few years ago. They have great little characters.

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  11. No, Karen Boom is pretty laid back about small animals.

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  12. Hi SLH. Thanks for the visit. Glad you enjoyed the post.

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  13. Squirrels are probably raiding the feeders in southern backyards right now, AL.

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  14. Still small though Kay. Thanks for the visit.

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  15. Hi Adam. How do you get along without Alvin and his chipmunks at Christmas?

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  16. Wonderful shots. They are cute.

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  17. We used to have lots of "grinnys" here, but my cats found out how tasty they are. Occasionally one or two still shows up on my feeders, and apparently they know how to outsmart the cats.
    B.

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  18. Hi B&G. They're fairly wily.

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  19. i adore chippys and squirrels. Cute cute photos! :)

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  20. Thanks Johnny for the visit and great words.

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