Montana Outdoors

October 17, 2009

Harvest time.

Filed under: Animals, Chipmunks, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — Tags: — montucky @ 8:14 pm

Throughout the year we put out food for the birds as a sort of reward for the immense amount joy they bring to us. We also have a special little place for chipmunks food and a high spot for seeds for chickadees. Sunflower seeds are the favorite choice of all.

I’ve read that chickadees have the ability to hide food in a thousand different locations in a season and the capacity to remember each place. Chipmunks also store food for winter, and seem to bury seeds in various places, some of which are in our flower beds, and as a result there are always sunflowers growing in many places where we tolerate them but did not plant them.

Today, there was activity at the very top of one of those sunflowers, upon which the seeds are now quite dry, perhaps four feet from the ground. This little fellow was very busy harvesting what he or one of his extended family had planted last spring.







  1. I love chipmunks. They are so cute and curious. I used to have one that would come from the woods, jump up on the deck and then up on my lap to go through my pockets to find the peanuts I’d hide for him. These photos are wonderful. I, too, feed the birds… and squirrels.


    Comment by SuzieQ — October 17, 2009 @ 8:24 pm

    • We love them all too and hope the food makes their lives a little more pleasant and secure, especially in the very cold parts of winter when we make sure there is plenty of food available for all.


      Comment by montucky — October 17, 2009 @ 8:36 pm

  2. Oh my he’s adorable! Great captures! We don’t see many chipmunks around here. (lots of squirrels tho)
    I found your blog through tagsurfer. I’ll most definitely be back!


    Comment by jakesangel — October 17, 2009 @ 8:37 pm

    • I think he’s adorable too. We have lots of them and enjoy watching each one. We have few squirrels though, small pine squirrels and they seldom visit our feeding area. Thanks for visiting and I appreciate the comment!


      Comment by montucky — October 17, 2009 @ 9:55 pm

  3. those pictures are absolutely adorable! hope he doesn’t build a condo under your house!!


    Comment by kcjewel — October 17, 2009 @ 9:06 pm

    • Visits from the little munks have always been some of the very pleasant parts of living here. They can’t get under the house, but we have several out-buildings where they are welcome to find places to spend the winter out of the weather.


      Comment by montucky — October 17, 2009 @ 9:59 pm

  4. Wow! What definition of those little cute chipmucks! Gorgeous procedural images!


    Comment by Stacey - Addicted to The Click — October 17, 2009 @ 10:14 pm

    • The turned out OK, but I think I can do better. That’s a new lens and I haven’t really gotten used to it yet. I’m very happy to have it though, because it will let me get some animal photos that I just couldn’t before.


      Comment by montucky — October 17, 2009 @ 10:45 pm

  5. So adorable! My husband fed them and chased the neighborhood cats away when we lived in town. I had mixed feelings about them, seeing that they would systematically go through the flower beds and dig out all the crocus bulbs.Can’t deny that they are very cute thought! We have yet to see one out here in the country.


    Comment by kateri — October 17, 2009 @ 10:18 pm

    • They are certainly pests at times and digging in the flower beds and my wife’s greenhouse is not highly appreciated, but the trade-off is their entertainment value. They get into absolutely everything and we continually plant more bulbs. We’ve had a little success with screens for the greenhouse plants.

      Once we bought a large fiberglass owl the looked very lifelike for the greenhouse. A couple days later we went in to see a munk sitting on top of it.


      Comment by montucky — October 17, 2009 @ 10:50 pm

  6. Adorable.


    Comment by Patia — October 17, 2009 @ 10:54 pm

  7. Enjoyed the pictures!

    Never imagined sunflowers would grow in Montana.


    Comment by whenpigsfly — October 18, 2009 @ 12:09 am

    • We end up with them in a lot of strange places and they seem to do quite well. Produce lots of seeds.


      Comment by montucky — October 18, 2009 @ 12:40 am

  8. This is a wonderful series, Terry. A little different for you, I think. The backgrounds on these images are just perfect!


    Comment by edvatza — October 18, 2009 @ 3:36 am

    • The photos cold have been better, but I haven’t yet gotten used to the lens. I think I shot too fast and didn’t let the VR do it’s thing entirely. These were hand-held at 300mm.


      Comment by montucky — October 18, 2009 @ 8:54 am

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  11. Oh what wonderful photos! It has been ages since I’ve seen a chipmunk! I love those little critters. When I put birdseed in the feeders, the squirrels find a way to get on it and gorge….and they will chatter like mad defending their stolen turf! LOL Just love these photos, montucky!


    Comment by Anna Surface — October 18, 2009 @ 6:50 am

    • We have a good supply of chipmunks and are willing to put up with their escapades for the fun of watching them. Like squirrels, they get into everything, but they don’t have the feisty attitude of squirrels. They will share a feeding area with the smaller birds, but are afraid of the large ones.


      Comment by montucky — October 18, 2009 @ 8:57 am

  12. What a fastidious farmer!


    Comment by scienceguy288 — October 18, 2009 @ 10:49 am

    • And he doesn’t even know he’s a farmer. Isn’t instinct interesting!


      Comment by montucky — October 18, 2009 @ 11:28 am

  13. I just had to come back and look at that first image again. It’s so cute – priceless even. I really love it!


    Comment by Stacey - Addicted to The Click — October 18, 2009 @ 11:14 am

  14. I love these Terry, especially the first one, wonderful work !!


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — October 18, 2009 @ 5:06 pm

    • They are quite photogenic and any pose seems to work out.


      Comment by montucky — October 18, 2009 @ 8:06 pm

  15. Way cool. Such a chipper little guy. Beautiful photos.


    Comment by Preston Surface — October 18, 2009 @ 5:18 pm

    • “Chipper” is a good word for them, Preston. Watching them for awhile can change your attitude.


      Comment by montucky — October 18, 2009 @ 8:07 pm

  16. That first photo is too cute!


    Comment by Adam R. Paul — October 18, 2009 @ 6:34 pm

    • They are just naturally lovable little critters, aren’t they!


      Comment by montucky — October 18, 2009 @ 8:09 pm

  17. Oh, those pictures are great and he’s darling! The bokeh is so interesting as a background, I’d love to have wildlife around all the time to photograph.


    Comment by Candace — October 18, 2009 @ 8:43 pm

    • It’s great to have them around. Sometimes with all of the wild visitors it’s hard to get things done though. I wish I could get shot of all of them, but some don’t stay long, like a Pilated Woodpecker who visited the other day and others like Raccoons who visit at night.


      Comment by montucky — October 19, 2009 @ 8:02 am

  18. so cute!! what fun that you caught this while he was harvesting! I’ve seen lots of squirrels gathering their acorns down here lately. nothing this cute though!


    Comment by silken — October 19, 2009 @ 8:59 am

    • I think a large part of the design of a chipmunk was cute!


      Comment by montucky — October 19, 2009 @ 12:01 pm

  19. Terry:

    Your chipmunk photos kindle fond memories of my Big Hole lookout day when I had a pet chipmunk who spent most of its time sleeping in the pocket of my shirt.



    Comment by Chad — October 19, 2009 @ 9:07 am

    • I bet he was a lot of company on that lonely place. By the way, the old cabin up there has a nice fresh cover of snow at the moment and those munks are probably in their winter digs.


      Comment by montucky — October 19, 2009 @ 12:04 pm

  20. Cute pix. We do have chipmunks in north Georgia, but we seldom see them. When we do, they’re often on the bird feeder competing with the chickadees for sun flower seeds.



    Comment by knightofswords — October 19, 2009 @ 9:34 am

    • That’s exactly what they do here. I always put a small pile of seeds in a high place for the munks and chickadees.


      Comment by montucky — October 19, 2009 @ 12:05 pm

  21. He’s so adorable! I have tried so many times to take a photo of a chipmunk but they never turn out any good. These are amazing shots!


    Comment by Deva — October 19, 2009 @ 12:54 pm

    • I keep trying and a some times I get lucky. They are so active and quick they are difficult subjects.


      Comment by montucky — October 19, 2009 @ 6:49 pm

  22. OMG! Too cute! I just have this big grin on my face from looking at this series of photos! Thanks, Montucky!


    Comment by Maureen — October 19, 2009 @ 6:10 pm

    • I’m glad you enjoyed them, Maureen. We so much enjoy watching them and this little guy gave me a rare chance to catch him with the camera.


      Comment by montucky — October 19, 2009 @ 6:52 pm

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