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Eastern Chipmunks Soon To Retire Underground

Unless global warming extends the normal activity of Eastern Chipmunks, most have or will shortly disappear into their tunnels where they have gathered and stored their winter food supply underground in a special chamber, or larder.  Up to half a bushel of nuts and seeds can be stored here.  They will visit this chamber every two or three weeks throughout the winter, grabbing a bite to eat between their long naps. 

In order to minimize the number of trips taken to fill their storage chamber, chipmunks cram their cheek pouches as full as possible.  The contents that researchers have found in one chipmunk’s two pouches include the following (each entry represents the contents of one chipmunk’s pouches):   31 kernels of corn, 13 prune pits, 70 sunflower seeds, 32 beechnuts, 6 acorns.

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8 responses

  1. Great rear shot of this little gal or guy with it’s mouth full of seeds etc. to fill it’s little cheeks up! 🙂 ❤

    November 7, 2022 at 7:41 am

  2. I love the photo, not only showing the crammed cheeks but also the glossy coat. Chipmunks do a good job taking care of themselves. It finally dawned on me during another long dry spell that “our” chipmunk might be thirsty, so we have been leaving out a clean dish of water for him. The chipmunk now enjoys long, long drinks there.

    November 7, 2022 at 10:02 am

  3. I LOVE this picture.

    November 7, 2022 at 10:57 am

  4. Helo Mary Holland, Love your blog!! I have an observation to ask you about. I live in the country – hills of New Hampshire – on an old farm surrounded by forest. We have always had a covey of partridge between our house and the next one down the road (just out of sight of ours). This fall, a young man visiting the neighbor and doing yard work was visited by a partridge, a juvenile I would guess, as it doesn’t seem to be full sized yet. The partridge followed him around the yard as he worked, cutting brush, mowing, raking, stacking wood, etc. Then when he got on his riding mower and came up the road to our house to work, the partridge followed along beside him, and continued his companionship for hours. I was chatting with the young man on my lawn and the partridge was right there walking around our feet, constantly murmuring sweet nothings as he did so. This went on for days, until the young man left to return home. A few days later I went for a walk down the road and he came out of the woods and followed me home. Another neighbor who lives in a cabin in the woods, told me the partridge had been following him around his place, too. Later, a man who came to mow our pastures said he had experienced the same thing in another town. Have you heard of such goings-on with partridges? If so, do you know why they do this?

    Thank you for listening!

    Margaret Yatsevitch Cornish, NH

    November 7, 2022 at 12:03 pm

  5. Alice

    Chipmunks look so cute, but many in our 9 house neighborhood, including me, have said how ‘crazy’ they are this year. Tulip bulbs eaten at a neighbor’s, tomatoes in my yard, a small eggplant…so many holes in what we call the lawn…I’ve stuffed coffee filters down the holes, used lemon oil. The last hole in the front looked like a prairie dog had dug up the yard. Put more coffee down the hole & back filled. I hope they don’t come up/out next spring. At the nursery, where I go, they brazenly walk in the open door & have destroyed bags & bags of seed, as far as I know ignoring the ‘have-a-heart’ traps.

    November 7, 2022 at 12:42 pm

  6. Great shot! 😀

    November 7, 2022 at 12:50 pm

  7. What a great picture ! My check to you for the calendar went to the post office today I really want a calendar Lots of love, Kay and Lucy and Davina!

    Sent from my iPhone


    November 9, 2022 at 12:13 pm

  8. Check was mailed yesterday . Mail is slow from Sedgwick but please save me a calendar! I found a star fish yesterday at the beach sadly it was dead haven’t seen starfish since I was a kid ! I hope to find some live ones just to photograph. I wouldn’t handle them if they were Alive.that’s all the excitement from here! Love, Kay

    Sent from my iPhone


    November 10, 2022 at 7:27 am

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