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Nearly a year after her TTA, Miley is back in action. She’s 8 years old, but she runs and looks like she’s five.

In past week, she’s dispatched a full grown rabbit and this chipmunk.

miley chipmunk

Golden retrievers never like to get dirty…

Never.

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Apple peel gourmand

A true autumn scene: one of those “striped squirrels” eating some apple peels

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This is the Eastern chipmunk (Tamias striatus).

This one thinks it owns the place.

 

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White Chipmunk

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Don’t ask me what species of chipmunk this is.

I am accustomed to a single species of chipmunk (the Eastern), and this species seems to be the one most commonly offered as an exotic pet.

So it’s most likely an Eastern chipmunk.

I’ve seen zillions (only a slight exaggeration) of Eastern chipmunks. I also had a few as pets, which we caught in live traps near the old chestnut tree. Even the wild caught ones do tame down.

I’m sure keeping wild chipmunks as pets is now illegal.

Which is just as well.

I love listening to their little popping and trilling sounds as the forage through the undergrowth on a crisp October day. I also enjoy watching them visit the squirrel feeders to fill little cheek pouches with corn.

The weekend before last, I was in Gettysburg. Standing at the summit of Little Round Top, I saw something dart across a boulder. When my eyes focused on the moving object, I saw it was a little Eastern chipmunk.

Of all the things I could have been looking at, I was watching these little chipmunk dart back and forth. ( Of course, it didn’t hurt that this wasn’t my first trip to that battlefield.)

But it was the normal coloration. It wasn’t a white one.

If it had been, I’m sure it would have drawn lots of attention.

I’m also sure that someone would suggest that it was one of Gettysburg’s ghosts.

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White chipmunk

Source.

Don’t ask me what species of chipmunk this is.

I am accustomed to a single species of chipmunk (the Eastern), and this species seems to be the one most commonly offered as an exotic pet.

So it’s most likely an Eastern chipmunk.

I’ve seen zillions (only a slight exaggeration) of Eastern chipmunks. I also had a few as pets, which we caught in live traps near the old chestnut tree. Even the wild caught ones do tame down.

I’m sure keeping wild chipmunks as pets is now illegal.

Which is just as well.

I love listening to their little popping and trilling sounds as the forage through the undergrowth on a crisp October day. I also enjoy watching them visit the squirrel feeders to fill little cheek pouches with corn.

The weekend before last, I was in Gettysburg. Standing at the summit of Little Round Top, I saw something dart across a boulder. When my eyes focused on the moving object, I saw it was a little Eastern chipmunk.

Of all the things I could have been looking at, I was watching these little chipmunk dart back and forth. ( Of course, it didn’t hurt that this wasn’t my first trip to that battlefield.)

But it was the normal coloration. It wasn’t a white one.

If it had been, I’m sure it would have drawn lots of attention.

I’m also sure that someone would suggest that it was one of Gettysburg’s ghosts.

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