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    Chipmunks--arrgghhh!! Where are the hawks and coyotes when you need them?

    Sure, the little rodents are cute. But they burrow everywhere, undermining the porch slab and leaving holes in the lawn. One little bugger chewed away the weatherstripping at the bottom of the garage door so it can come and go at will. One day, it will die inside, and the stench will be hideous. They don't hibernate, and are active year round. They are important predators of baby birds; I watched a chipmunk kill and eat a fledgling cardinal. There's really no way to control them, because they breed so fast there are always more to take over vacated territories.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LannyC View Post
    Chipmunks--arrgghhh!! Where are the hawks and coyotes when you need them?

    Sure, the little rodents are cute. But they burrow everywhere, undermining the porch slab and leaving holes in the lawn. One little bugger chewed away the weatherstripping at the bottom of the garage door so it can come and go at will. One day, it will die inside, and the stench will be hideous. They don't hibernate, and are active year round. They are important predators of baby birds; I watched a chipmunk kill and eat a fledgling cardinal. There's really no way to control them, because they breed so fast there are always more to take over vacated territories.

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    They are sold as pets over here, it'll only take someone to release a pair and we will have them breeding right across the country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Czevski View Post
    We might have snow again on Saturday, but meanwhile a few critters think it might be spring.



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    I didn't think robins ate at feeders, but this one sampled the suet.
    This is the first day I've seen a chipmunk since last fall.
    Great pics! Love the chipmunk pic..I haven't had an opportunity to get a shot of a chipmunk yet! They are too quick and darting!

    Quote Originally Posted by scifan57 View Post
    Lots of unmelted snow and a partly cloudy sky, shortly after sunset.



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    The second shot of the sky behind your home is quite a dramatic look, Sci!

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    Look at the cheek pouches on that chipmunk!
    I know..it looks like he had his wisdom teeth pulled and needs a cold pack!

    Quote Originally Posted by leelai View Post
    Is it a chipmunk? Or are you just fooling?

    So so cute regardless!
    That'd be a Chipmunk! Cute little guy, isn't he!!

    Quote Originally Posted by LannyC View Post
    Chipmunks--arrgghhh!! Where are the hawks and coyotes when you need them?

    Sure, the little rodents are cute. But they burrow everywhere, undermining the porch slab and leaving holes in the lawn. One little bugger chewed away the weatherstripping at the bottom of the garage door so it can come and go at will. One day, it will die inside, and the stench will be hideous. They don't hibernate, and are active year round. They are important predators of baby birds; I watched a chipmunk kill and eat a fledgling cardinal. There's really no way to control them, because they breed so fast there are always more to take over vacated territories.

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    They can be quite destructive, particularly if you live close to a wooded area. I haven't seen many around our house the last 2 years, maybe they've been picked off!

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    They are sold as pets over here, it'll only take someone to release a pair and we will have them breeding right across the country.

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    They are? I had no idea!! Maybe that's the equivalent of having a pet gerbil here!

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    We have pet gerbils as well.....I've never seen anyone with a pet chipmunk but they always seem to have them in cages in the pet stores, they move so fast though that I'd need some kind of special vision to be able to see them if I kept them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabriel1 View Post

    They are sold as pets over here, it'll only take someone to release a pair and we will have them breeding right across the country.

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    Then Perhaps they would eradicate the grey squirrels!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Czevski View Post

    The chipmunk was out for the first time and didn't believe his good luck in finding all that food under the bird feeder. He tried to put it ALL in his pouches. As the snow melts it uncovers seeds that were spilled by starlings and blue jays and covered up before the rabbits, squirrels, and birds got to them. There's a feast down there.
    Does he really have pouches? In his cheeks are they? I've never heard of that but then we don't have chipmunks. And by the sounds of it, we're lucky we don't!

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    Chipmunk cheeks are quite elastic. They expand to hold food collected as the animal forages. When the chipmunk's cheeks are full, it returns to its den and the food is cached, to be consumed later. Since they don't hibernate, chipmunks rely on food caching to get through the winter.

    A friend's clothes dryer stopped working properly. It was in her basement, with the usual exhaust duct hose leading up to a vent just above ground level. She removed the hose from the dryer to look for an obstruction...and a bushel of acorns poured out onto the basement floor! A chipmunk had been using the vent to cache food.

    Spawn of the devil!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LannyC View Post
    Chipmunk cheeks are quite elastic. They expand to hold food collected as the animal forages. When the chipmunk's cheeks are full, it returns to its den and the food is cached, to be consumed later. Since they don't hibernate, chipmunks rely on food caching to get through the winter.

    A friend's clothes dryer stopped working properly. It was in her basement, with the usual exhaust duct hose leading up to a vent just above ground level. She removed the hose from the dryer to look for an obstruction...and a bushel of acorns poured out onto the basement floor! A chipmunk had been using the vent to cache food.

    Spawn of the devil!

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    All very interesting and I've learned something new....thanks.

    Your poor friend....but then that chipmunk lost his cache.

    I have a friend who noticed sticky stuff coming out of her walls and ceiling and couldn't fathom what it was. Turned out it was honey, she had a huge bee hive inside them and had to have 2 walls and ceiling pulled out to get rid of it all. Fine mess that was!

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    The new snowfall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leelai View Post
    All very interesting and I've learned something new....thanks.

    Your poor friend....but then that chipmunk lost his cache.

    I have a friend who noticed sticky stuff coming out of her walls and ceiling and couldn't fathom what it was. Turned out it was honey, she had a huge bee hive inside them and had to have 2 walls and ceiling pulled out to get rid of it all. Fine mess that was!
    Oh my word...that would have been awful to deal with either the chipmunk issue or the beehive inside the wall! My girlfriend had the same situation when she bought her home. She kept hearing a scratching sound between the walls--until the wall cracked and the the bees flew in! What a nightmare that was! Goodness!!

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    Oh Sci...your shoulders must just ache after repeated shoveling day after day!! Do you even get a summer--does if last a week before Fall comes??

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