Good morning everyone! I hope you are all feeling well today. It’s a beautiful, sunny, fall morning. The sun is warming up my deck quite nicely so I was out there with my coffee enjoying all the action. However, due to the sun being much lower in the sky now, my deck is now in the shade, and with the wind it was starting to feel a bit chilly out there. So I am back inside. Sometimes I think there is more than 11 blue jays around, but they are very difficult to count accurately at times, they move in and out so fast and because there are still leaves on the trees it makes it hard to see how many are sitting up there. Then there are the chipmunks.
Being out there with them this morning I was better able to count them. There are 6 long tailed chipmunks, actually all the chipmunks are long tailed, but sometimes something happens to their tails, which is why 3 now have short tails. I don’t know what happened to their tails, but they got cut off anyway. Then there is one with a crooked tail, don’t know how that could happen either. Then there’s the one with a scratched up side, which I thought was Skamper, but it isn’t, Skamper was here this morning, he and Pocket are the two friendliest of the chipmunks. So that makes 11 chipmunks.
Scooter and Choco are the same size as the other chipmunks now, and they look the same, but Scooter is brave, Choco is not. Pocket and Skamper are the two top chipmunks. One poor chipmunk this morning came up, 2 other chipmunks were already getting sunflower seeds, but he joined in too. Then one of the first two chased him off, another chipmunk was just coming up and he started chasing that other chipmunk, then joined the other two still picking up seeds. That chased chipmunk then met another chipmunk who just came on the deck and he got chased again, so this time he just jumped off the deck!
That fourth chipmunk joined the other 3 and that started a chase scene with all 4 of them running, jumping and taking turns chasing each other. It was impossible to keep track of them, but finally 3 of them jumped off the deck. The winner went back to picking up seeds, but Coffee came along and chased him away. There were some interesting chases this week, I will share more soon. Time for another cup of coffee, and the chipmunks are looking for more food. Have a wonderful day everyone and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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