Montana Outdoors

September 29, 2011

Enjoying the sunrise

Filed under: Animals, Autumn — Tags: — montucky @ 10:19 pm

Chipmunk

It was 32° this morning when the sun came up and this little fellow seemed to think it felt good!

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  1. It is looking at You very carefully and knowing that someday You’ll publish photo from it. 🙂 Very nice close-up photo with beautiful colors. It was cold, I see. We have had here for long time rainy and cold and just for one day (today) they say that the weather is climbing up 20 ºCelsius / 68 ºFahrenheit.

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    Comment by sartenada — September 29, 2011 @ 11:15 pm

    • We have had unseasonably warm weather lately, but it will be changing soon. Our nights will be in the 30’s (F) and the days in the 50’s for awhile yet before winter comes.

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      Comment by montucky — September 30, 2011 @ 12:07 am

  2. what a great pose he has…

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    Comment by Chantal — September 30, 2011 @ 3:20 am

    • He was curious because he wasn’t sure just what I was doing and stayed put because I was just outside of his personal space. (Thankful for zoom lenses!)

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      Comment by montucky — October 2, 2011 @ 9:55 pm

  3. ….well, it looks like a bright and dry 32 degrees, so was probably quite nice! Just the kind of morning to keep a Chipmunk focused on gathering goodies to stash away for winter.

    Nice shot.

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    Comment by daveabirding — September 30, 2011 @ 7:35 am

    • It was exactly that. I love mornings like it! We’ve had a pretty good amount of berries around this year and those plus the sunflower seeds we put out for the birds and munks should have provided him a full larder.

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      Comment by montucky — October 2, 2011 @ 9:57 pm

  4. i hate squirrels…as said by gamma in the movie up =o)
    and also by me, seeing as how i just chased one out of my gutters =o(

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    Comment by Sandy — September 30, 2011 @ 7:41 am

    • We have a love/hate relationship with these little guys, but they are so entertaining that we put up with them.

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      Comment by montucky — October 2, 2011 @ 9:58 pm

  5. Cute! Chippie’s cousin, the ground squirrel or “gopher”, has already gone to bed for the winter, in late August! They retire when the grasses “cure” and food supplies become scarce. The chipmunks must have a more varied diet to be able to stay aboveground so much longer.

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    Comment by Kim — September 30, 2011 @ 7:43 am

    • Our chippies stay out into December if the snow doesn’t get too deep. Then they retire for a couple months, coming out upon occasion, perhaps for water and then sleep until spring.

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      Comment by montucky — October 2, 2011 @ 10:00 pm

  6. I can totally relate to sitting in the sun on a chilly fall morning. There isn’t much better, unless it’s sitting in the sun on a clear winter morning overlooking a mountain meadow dusted in snow.

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    Comment by anniespickns — September 30, 2011 @ 7:56 am

    • According to the latest forecast, I will have a chance to do the latter in a few days… snow above 6,500 feet.

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      Comment by montucky — October 4, 2011 @ 7:10 pm

  7. Cute little guy! 32 degrees sound pretty darn nice to me, too!

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    Comment by thedailyclick — September 30, 2011 @ 8:40 am

    • It has finally cooled off here, and now we’re even getting just a little rain!

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      Comment by montucky — October 4, 2011 @ 7:11 pm

  8. Hi Montucky, How darling is that? Plenty! Have a wonderful day today!

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    Comment by wildlifewatcher — September 30, 2011 @ 8:48 am

    • I think that’s their job… being cute! And they’re good at it!

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      Comment by montucky — October 4, 2011 @ 7:11 pm

  9. 32! Sounds wonderful to me..Lucky little guy..

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    Comment by Roberta — September 30, 2011 @ 12:18 pm

    • A good temperature for working outside. Splitting wood comes to mind.

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      Comment by montucky — October 4, 2011 @ 7:12 pm

  10. He looks quite serious. I wonder if he is calculating his seed supply for winter?

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    Comment by sandy — September 30, 2011 @ 2:52 pm

    • Could be… or he’s contemplating his next venture into trouble.

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      Comment by montucky — October 4, 2011 @ 7:12 pm

  11. By coincidence I had a similar post today:

    http://portraitsofwildflowers.wordpress.com/2011/09/30/nature-comes-to-me-for-a-change/

    What wasn’t similar was the weather. You mention 32° there, but here in central Texas we hit 100° once again.

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    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — September 30, 2011 @ 4:53 pm

    • I liked the squirrel! I bet our cooler temps sound good to you! Wish we could send you some. We now have a forecast for snow above 6,500 feet in a few days.

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      Comment by montucky — October 4, 2011 @ 7:18 pm

  12. oh yes, when the sun warms up it feels so darn good. I spent time sitting in it and sketching, ah, autumn with only a few biting bugs.

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    Comment by Tammie — September 30, 2011 @ 5:56 pm

    • The diminishing number of bugs is indeed a pleasant facet of fall!

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      Comment by montucky — October 4, 2011 @ 7:19 pm

  13. He is so cute. And 32 sounds awesome about now. As you know, you never see a squirrel around Phoenix.

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    Comment by Candace — September 30, 2011 @ 7:11 pm

    • Yes, you guys really need a break from the heat! But you soon have the beautiful time of the Valley of the Sun coming up!

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      Comment by montucky — October 4, 2011 @ 7:20 pm

  14. errrrr… not my favorite animal! nice photograph of the devil though.

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    Comment by kcjewel — September 30, 2011 @ 9:06 pm

    • When they are in her greenhouse or flower beds, my wife calls them “evil varmints”.

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      Comment by montucky — October 4, 2011 @ 7:21 pm

      • yep, i can relate. every pot i have planted this fall has been destroyed. our ground is so hard they can’t dig so i guess they think they will find their nuts in pots this winter… i have sad news for them… the pots will be emptied and stored!!

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        Comment by kcjewel — October 5, 2011 @ 8:52 pm

  15. I’ve never seen a finer photo of a chippy! We could use a little sunshine around here!

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    Comment by Wild_Bill — October 1, 2011 @ 6:09 am

    • Thanks Bill! We’ve had too much sunshine for the last couple of months (our hot season). Now we’re in a period of cooler, wetter weather and it is refreshing for a change. Even a little snow in the offing!

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      Comment by montucky — October 4, 2011 @ 7:23 pm

  16. So cute — in YOUR backyard. 🙂 He does look look he’s glad the sun finally came up.

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    Comment by Bo Mackison — October 1, 2011 @ 4:11 pm

    • We have a lot of room for them to work and play in. Right now they are in a “pest” contest with the deer.

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      Comment by montucky — October 4, 2011 @ 7:25 pm

  17. I love chipmunks. He is so cute and like someone else says, looks so serious. 🙂 We got our first frost this morning. I’m not sure I am ready for colder weather yet!

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    Comment by kateri — October 2, 2011 @ 10:01 am

    • We have had a couple of nights right at freezing, but no frost yet. Any day now.

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      Comment by montucky — October 4, 2011 @ 7:26 pm

  18. Too sweet..too funny!! And – it’s too early on in this season for it to be that cold!

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    Comment by Marcie — October 2, 2011 @ 11:32 am

    • About normal for here. In another couple of weeks we’ll start seeing a few nights in the teens.

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      Comment by montucky — October 4, 2011 @ 7:27 pm

  19. How cute and precious! And a good looking chipmunk too! Great sharp close-up with the soft background!

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    Comment by Anna — October 2, 2011 @ 12:31 pm

    • They are about a cute as can be, and we have learned to tolerate their foraging. We enjoy watching them so much!

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      Comment by montucky — October 4, 2011 @ 7:28 pm

  20. What a pretty squirrel. He looks like he’s contemplating what his next move (or meal) will be!

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    Comment by Val — October 3, 2011 @ 3:00 pm

  21. Urk! I just saw someone said ‘Chipmunk’. Is that a chipmunk? It looks like a squirrel!

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    Comment by Val — October 3, 2011 @ 3:00 pm

    • Yes, it’s a chipmunk. We have about a dozen in residence, and for sure he’s thinking about his next escapade.

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      Comment by montucky — October 4, 2011 @ 7:30 pm

  22. cute little guy! it was in the 60s when I left to run this a.m. and went back in for long sleeves! 🙂

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    Comment by silken — October 4, 2011 @ 4:15 pm

    • It’s what you get used to I guess. My morning ride starts now in the high 30’s or low 40’s and half way through I have to take off my sweat shirt.

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      Comment by montucky — October 4, 2011 @ 7:31 pm

  23. This is a great photo with a lot of character 🙂

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    Comment by Watching Seasons — October 5, 2011 @ 9:11 am

    • I thought that too. This may be an elder statesman among chipmunks.

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      Comment by montucky — October 5, 2011 @ 9:34 am

  24. If this critter were in my yard, he would be stealing the sunflower seeds I put out for the cardinals, nuthatches and chickadees.

    Malcolm

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    Comment by knightofswords — October 6, 2011 @ 8:51 am

    • Oddly enough, that’s exactly what he does here; plus getting into everything else that he shouldn’t as well.

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      Comment by montucky — October 6, 2011 @ 4:30 pm

  25. YiKeS! 32?! It’s been getting down in the upper 40’s/low 50’s at night here… I dread winter =(

    This lil one sure is a cutie… great shot =)

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    Comment by Tricia — October 6, 2011 @ 2:18 pm

    • In a way I’m not happy that winter is about here, but I’m looking forward to much of it. For the first time this season we have a fire going in our wood stove today.

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      Comment by montucky — October 6, 2011 @ 4:32 pm

  26. Those temps must have felt great to the little one! I never tire of seeing these critters, they are such characters. Beautiful!

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    Comment by farmhouse stories — October 7, 2011 @ 11:08 pm

    • They certainly are characters, but they are sure fun to watch. They still damage things, but we have been able to mitigate that somewhat by what we do; for example, we don’t plant ice plant because they will gobble that up in a matter of days.

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      Comment by montucky — October 7, 2011 @ 11:30 pm

  27. Lovely little squirrel and great portrait !

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    Comment by isathreadsoflife — October 8, 2011 @ 7:45 am

    • They are certainly cute. He probably weighs about 4 ounces, 3 of which are devilment.

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      Comment by montucky — October 8, 2011 @ 8:43 am

  28. Am on a PAINFULLY slow DSL line while visiting my sister-in-law in Pennsylvania… wanted to stop by for a longer visit but do not have the patience for how slowly the pages are loading here… I’ll be home as of Tuesday for the foreseeable future so will come back for a longer visit then.

    Meantime, spotted this image and wanted to congratulate you on it because no matter how hard I try, I so far have no really good images of these guys… no patience to wait for them to be still for the camera and they ALWAYS seem to run away from me! The light and his pose are just marvelous!

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    Comment by Victoria — October 8, 2011 @ 7:17 pm

    • I know what you mean about DSL. The connection that I have is not fast at its best. You have been out on a long trip, long enough that it will fel good to get back home I’d think!

      This little guy was enjoying the first sun of the day and because I was just beyond his personal space he indulged his curiosity and just watched me. It’s called “luck”.

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      Comment by montucky — October 8, 2011 @ 11:01 pm

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