Today's photo is of an Eastern Chipmunk in an old hand well pump. Although he did not eat my geraniums, he did take the time to smell them to see if they would make a tasty meal. This is one of the two baby chipmunks that arrived in my yard two summers ago. One of them has set up permanent residence and is the subject of many of my photos. She is hibernating at the moment, but I'm sure she will return as soon as spring arrives and the weather warms.
I am happy to announce that my baby chipmunks from last summer have returned. Last year, I decided to place some sunflower seeds on the toe of my shoe for this little guy. The next day when I went outside in my bare feet, I was surprised when he scurried over to me and checked out my feet for more seeds, but what he did this spring surprised me more. While I was filling my bird feeder, he rushed over and checked my feet again for seeds. If I had any doubts about whether it was the same chipmunk from last year, he cleared that up in a hurry.