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.
Today's photo is an Eastern Chipmunk (Tamias striatus). These tiny rodents are actually a type of squirrel. In fact, they are the smallest of all squirrels. While I tend to refer to squirrels and chipmunks as two separate animals, the truth is they are all squirrels. So the next time someone refers to a chipmunk as a squirrel, you better hold your tongue. Although it may seem odd to you, they are technically correct.
This chipmunk arrived in my backyard last spring as a baby and has claimed it as his residence. Although his twin still visits regularly, he has not made himself as comfortable in my backyard as this little one has.
According to Animal Diversity Web, most Eastern Chipmunks only survive about 2 years in the wild, but they have been known to live for up to 8 years. I'm hoping that my chipmunk will be one of the lucky ones and will live for years in my backyard.