Well, now I know what’s stealing my seeds

Photo by Chris Bosak  A chipmunk looks up after grabbing sunflower seeds from a feeder in Danbury, Conn., during the summer of 2018.

Photo by Chris Bosak
A chipmunk looks up after grabbing sunflower seeds from a feeder in Danbury, Conn., during the summer of 2018.

“I could have sworn I just put a handful of seeds down,” I mumbled to myself as I threw yet another handful of seeds on the platform feeder on my deck.

I scratched my head, turned around and walked back inside. I returned to my makeshift office in my son’s room to get back to work. As I wrote one thing or another, I glanced out at the feeder and saw a head pop up from behind the tomato plant that obstructs part of the feeder. Aha, that’s the culprit: a chipmunk. It dropped its head back down and a minute later ran across the railing of the deck with a mouthful of seeds.

I’m sure it’s not the only chipmunk out there. Squirrels like to join in that fun, as well. The birds still keep coming, despite the competition, so I guess I shouldn’t complain. Plus, I’m basically serving it to the rodents on a platter — no wait, that’s exactly what I’m doing — so what should I expect.

Photo by Chris Bosak  A chipmunk runs back toward its home after grabbing sunflower seeds from a feeder in Danbury, Conn., during the summer of 2018.

Photo by Chris Bosak
A chipmunk runs back toward its home after grabbing sunflower seeds from a feeder in Danbury, Conn., during the summer of 2018.

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Little rascals — but still cute little buggers

Photo by Chris Bosak An Eastern Chipmunk eats from a platform bird feeder in Danbury, Conn., summer 2016.

Photo by Chris Bosak
An Eastern Chipmunk eats from a platform bird feeder in Danbury, Conn., summer 2016.

People don’t feel the same way about chipmunks as they do gray squirrels.

Keeping squirrels away from birdfeeders is a multi-million dollar industry. People can’t stand the sight of a squirrel at their birdfeeder. If they don’t have a squirrel-proof feeder (half of which don’t work anyway) they bang on a window, yell at the offensive little rodent, and toss things at them to make them scram. (Of course, I’m talking in general here. Some people don’t mind squirrels and some people actually like them.)

But chipmunks. Everyone loves chipmunks. They are cute, handsomely colored and decorated, and fun to watch. And, as far as I can tell, eat just as much of my birdseed as the squirrels do. They are Continue reading