The arrival of spring always brings with it the Townsend’s Chipmunk. These adorable tiny rodents are related to squirrels and every bit as agile and acrobatic as their much larger relatives. They mostly scavenge on the ground, picking up sunflower seeds and bits of suet birds drop from the feeders above. They also eat a variety of berries, acorns, grass, roots and seeds. The chipmunks love the thistle seed I put out for the goldfinches and have figured out how to climb onto that feeder.
They love sitting in the forsythia shrubs to keep a close eye on me!
The plant tag measures 3.5 inches from the soil level to its top.
They’re incredibly fast runners and can climb even the slick bird feeder pole.
Townsend’s Chipmunks live throughout the forests of the Pacific Northwest. They hibernate if the weather gets too harsh during the winter.Late summer they often bring their young with them.
Hopefully I’ll get a chance to see their offspring and share it with you!