Chipmunks really are cute, and there is no denying that the squirt of the squirrel kingdom is just da bomb. For a common garden critter, there is almost none cuter. Skittish by nature, they are not the easiest critter to capture by camera. But they are not that hard to capture by trap I hear. A little too curious for their own good.
A friend of mine captures them from her garden and takes them to the park. Since I lost my little friend Chipper to a harrowing, marauding hawk a while back, I asked to have one of her jailed chipmunks.
So I got Chipper 2 delivered to my garden. But it has been two weeks now and no sighting of Chipper 2. Maybe he is busy in my garden making just accommodations or he packed his bags and headed back to Lewiston and his large extended family.
Chipmunks get a bad rap in gardens, digging burrows, snacking on bulbs and noshing on bird eggs. I have a lot of bulbs in my garden, but many are not to the chipmunk’s liking. I hope Chipper 2 is still here because I can guarantee him food and board.
My cousin has 26 acres of mountain woodland and has chipmunks galore. My heaven. In PA I lived on the same mountain as my cousin just a stone’s throw away on three acres of woodland property. You can see it in the linked post. There was a paradise of woodland creatures that I saw daily.
But back to chipmunks. My cousin wanted to blow the heads off the little guys because there were so many on her property. She could not plant a garden because they ate the blooms and dug up the bulbs. Her bird feeders were invaded and emptied by them. Chipmunks were coming out from everywhere.
I told her of my plan to add them to my garden and she was mortified. She said they were evil. And this coming from a person having the most beautiful certified wildlife garden around! She really would not hurt any living creature, yet these guys have pushed her buttons.
The chipmunks on the other hand, got along beautifully with other critters in the garden, foraging peacefully, side by side.
Now if only they would stick to finding drain pipes to live rather than digging tunnels all over, I bet she would be a bit happier to have them around.