Of the many joys I found working in my backyard habitat/garden, none were more rewarding than finding myself frequently surrounded by chipmunks. The trust you earn with a wild critter so small takes time, consistency in behaviors and interactions. My experiences with chipmunks went beyond adding a few extra piles of seeds in sheltered areas of the habitat. I would sit for hours, camera in-hand, and watch them interact with one another....peacefully as babies, playing as youngsters, or fighting for territories as adults. I had the good fortune to witness the debut of many chipmunk litters as they emerged from their burrows, with momma chipmunk keeping a close eye on them and an ear out for predators. The momma chipmunks, who were already comfortable with me around, never hesitated in bringing the kids out of the burrows when I was near. I was trustworthy in their minds. Of course being the "dealer" of seeds, nuts and fruit never hurt my cause. Enjoy these pics from my archives.
Momma and Baby
Adult Chipmunks Battle For Seed House - It was the out house alright.
Baby Chipmunk Discovers Strawberry
A Rare Moment Between A Pair of Young Chipmunks Being Nice To One Another
Priceless Pose - Debut of Four Baby Chipmunks