Olympic Chipmunk (Tamias amoenus caurinus)

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One creature that I almost overlooked as just another chipmunk is the Olympic Chipmunk , known to scientists and Latin enthusiasts as Tamias amoenus caurinus , a subspecies of the Yellow-pine Chipmunk Tamias amoenus. In Olympic National Park the Olympic Chipmunk is “most common in the park’s subalpine zone where the forests blend into meadows. Though they are small and easily ignored chipmunks are also entertaining with their antics.

The Spotted Towhee – One of the Five Towhees of the West

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Add to this menagerie several Allen’s Chipmunks ( Neotamias senex ) and you have a yard full of fun! Birds Allen''s Chipmunk California Quail Golden-crowned Sparrow Spotted Towhee Steller''s Jay The Spotted Towhee ( Pipilo maculatus ) is probably the most common of the five western Towhees of North America.

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Oh those dramatic animals!

4 The Love Of Animals

First up, the original “Dramatic Chipmunk&#. Two funny videos to make you giggle! Second, the Geico Gecko’s take, a “Dramatic Gecko&#. Is your pet dramatic? Oh those dramatic animals! originally appeared on 4 The Love of Animals on November 4, 2009.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of September 2018)

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I finally made it to one of my favorite patches, but all I found were swarms of agitated chipmunks. Fortunately, two White-throated Sparrows proved courageous enough to withstand the chipmunk horde. September has drawn to a close, but the birding excitement may just be getting started, depending on where you live. Migratory season can last a while, so pace yourselves! They must have chased the birds away!

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The “Birds” in the Brush

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Over the years you may have learned to know better but it’s spring and you’re hopeful and maybe this time it’s an unfamiliar sparrow of some kind… but after maneuvering carefully around to a line of sight, it’s that furry little air-raid siren the Eastern chipmunk again. Montana has four species of chipmunk and six species of ground squirrel. The chipmunks, well, they all are fairly chipmunk-esque: small, stripey, and shrill.

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White-tailed Antelope Squirrels at Joshua Tree National Park

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While eating lunch with Daisy and her family at a picnic area in Joshua Tree National Park the other day a small chipmunk-looking creature ventured out of the rock formation we were eating next to. The White-tailed Antelope Squirrel , sometimes referred to as the White-tailed Ground Squirrel or the Antelope Chipmunk , is the rare diurnal mammal in the deserts of the southwestern United States.

Review: Backyard Birds and More: Looking Through the Glass by Glen Apseloff

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Apseloff takes a wide-angled view (I told you) of his subject matter – chipmunks sitting cutely in decorative planters share this volume with a short chapter on bird deformities (not for the overly sensitive – especially not the cardinal with the fractured beak.) Back in 2013, I had the pleasure of reviewing Glen Apseloff’s Backyard Birds: Looking Through the Glass.

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What’s In the Freezer for Tonight?

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He then ate a screech owl, a robin, two squirrels, a mourning dove, three chipmunks, and a rabbit. A wildlife rehabilitator friend, newly licensed, recently called to ask if he could feed a recovering Turkey Vulture anything besides defrosted rodents. Did I have an answer for him. Normally I feed vultures, as well as hawks and owls, defrosted mice and rats. Sometimes a defrosted chick.

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Cat Owners: Can You Help Me?

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This was followed by, “I have one who is a chipmunk murderer.”. My friend Nina is an animal lover. All her pets are rescues. She keeps her cats inside. Unless she is accompanying her dog, he stays in a fenced-in area. She doesn’t use pesticides, she loves the local wildlife, and she does everything a good pet owner should do. But one day, unbeknownst to her, a wild rabbit dug under the fence. She let her dog out, he spotted the rabbit, and took off like a bullet.

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There’s More to Birding than Birds

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And of course, way too many chipmunks and squirrels and raccoons and turtles to count. Much like Carrie’s recent experiences being hoodwinked by non-bird sources of birdy-sounding calls , I’ve had my share of animal encounters out in the field. In New York and Chicago, they’ve been pretty mundane—a White-tailed Deer here, an Eastern Cottontail rabbit there.

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People of a Feather

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A bit alarming, given the events of the last few weeks in Missoula, but after years of close encounters with chipmunks and ground squirrels I have finally gotten to have a pretty good idea of a rodent when I hear one. A loud chirp rang from the side of the mountain, and a handful of stones skittered down the talus slope.

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Birding – While Camping – North Lake State Park, Greene County, New York

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The Eastern Chipmunks sure enjoyed the fact we had a five-year-old and a four-year-old at our campsite. This past weekend I was disconnected from the internet, stuck in the woods without electricity, reduced to sleeping in a shelter made of fabric, and cooked meals over an open fire. No, I wasn’t being punished, the apocalypse had not come, and I was putting myself through these privations voluntarily!

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Butte Valley Wildlife Area and Meiss Lake

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At this stop we also observed Townsend’s Solitaire ( Myadestes townsendi ), Clark’s Nutcracker ( Nucifraga colubiana ) and a pair of Red-breasted Nuthatchs ( Sitta canadensis )… as well as several scurrying Chipmunks. A few weeks ago I led a field trip to Butte Valley Wildlife Area.

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Birding Mount Rainier National Park

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We decided on the relatively easy walk to to Shadow Lake and set out on our mission after Desi first chased off a curious Townsend’s Chipmunk. We had ourselves a bit of a snack and rested for awhile while watching chipmunks and robins and juncos forage in a meadow.

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Busan to Broome

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I haven’t just seen birds, but the most amazing butterflies, red squirrels, chipmunks and even a deer… all surviving in forests so close to so many people. Well, as you read this I will be sitting on an aeroplane heading from Busan to Hong Kong to Sydney… time to go home!

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The Emotional Lives of Animals

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He never chased the rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, or deer who regularly visited. Grief, friendship, gratitude, wonder, and other things we animals experience. by Marc Bekoff. Scientific research shows that many animals are very intelligent and have sensory and motor abilities that dwarf ours. Dogs are able to detect diseases such as cancer and diabetes and warn humans of impending heart attacks and strokes.

How To Help A Baby Bird

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You typically do not find a bird this naked or featherless outside of the nest unless there has been a storm or the nest has been attacked by predator like a raccoon, chipmunk, squirrel or corvids. It’s a common call/email/text that most bird watchers get this time of year: “HELP! I just saved a baby bird! What do I do? What do I feed it?&#

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