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Where have all the chipmunks gone ?
« on: May 22, 2019, 05:28:02 PM »
Sung to the tune involving flowers...

We have no chipmunks at all. Usually they start coming out when the snow is almost gone. There also aren't any red squirrels.

I think the long winter with thick ice under the snow has smothered the poor little things. I know some people don't like them but both are part of the food chain so what will foxes, owls, raptors and coyotes eat ???

Anyone else missing the little stripey guys ?
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Re: Where have all the chipmunks gone ?
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2019, 07:09:57 PM »
We saw red squirrels near Rockwood, ME this week. Ornery as ever. 
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Re: Where have all the chipmunks gone ?
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2019, 07:12:17 PM »
Clearly they are all here again.
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Re: Where have all the chipmunks gone ?
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2019, 08:48:24 PM »
Here we have Chipmunks, Red Squirrels, Gray Squirrels and Black Squirrels!

And the Black cat is still coming around, hoping that the electric fence around the garden patch isn't hot anymore!  electricuted-smiley 
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Re: Where have all the chipmunks gone ?
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2019, 09:08:56 PM »
They are showing up at the hardware store.
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Re: Where have all the chipmunks gone ?
« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2019, 09:54:52 PM »
They are with the cowboys Paula Cole was singing about... 
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Re: Where have all the chipmunks gone ?
« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2019, 08:37:01 AM »
Sprucebunny:
Bring your traps and plenty of bait as there is an excess of them here.
The neighbor says many are failing there final exams in swimming as they are fishing many out of the pool.
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Re: Where have all the chipmunks gone ?
« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2019, 10:04:55 AM »
Southside- I was thinking of the Pete Seeger song recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary in 1962 on thier debut album. Are they the same tune ?

Where Have All the Flowers Gone? - Wikipedia

I'm not the only person in this area who has noticed they are missing. We had our first snow that stayed on Nov. 1. That usually doesn't happen until mid December. They probably hadn't stored enough seeds or smothered/drowned under the slush and ice.

Thanks for the replies, everyone  :)
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Re: Where have all the chipmunks gone ?
« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2019, 10:20:16 AM »
I would think they burrow into the earth or fallen or hollow trees and do not lay around in the snow or ice.  I assume they also hibernate like bears etc.
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Re: Where have all the chipmunks gone ?
« Reply #9 on: May 23, 2019, 10:22:46 AM »
From the look of my tractor wiring I think they like farm equipment to over winter in also.
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Re: Where have all the chipmunks gone ?
« Reply #10 on: May 23, 2019, 11:10:58 AM »
They treat my woodpile like a condominium complex ;D. Once I got the woodpile re-stocked I saw a lot of activity, but then a new black cat showed up and started hanging around driving our house cats nuts. I saw that cat trot off with a little guy in his mouth one evening. That cat had an orange tabby buddy he bummed around with, I saw them both down in the woodlot and caught the black one on the game cam more than a few times. Haven't seen much of them in the last week or so though. Maybe they ran out of chipmunks. I kind of like the little guys, but the wife does not. The only 'harm' they seem to do is leave small nests in the woodpile here and there. The wife said something about her plants, but I dunno. I think the rabbits and the deer pretty much cover the plant issue.
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Re: Where have all the chipmunks gone ?
« Reply #11 on: May 23, 2019, 12:34:37 PM »
I noticed the same thing with them disappearing. then I saw fisher tracks in the pond. I am pretty sure I figured out where they went.

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The fishers seem to have moved on, because the population is coming back pretty strong.

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Re: Where have all the chipmunks gone ?
« Reply #12 on: May 23, 2019, 01:07:20 PM »
Fishers,hawks,bobcat got all my small game about done turkeys also.  Had 3 or 4 drop off cats running around the bobcat got all them.

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Re: Where have all the chipmunks gone ?
« Reply #13 on: May 23, 2019, 04:39:23 PM »
Chipmunks do hibernate and they come back out in early Spring!

I've noticed (in this area anyways) that domestic cats will kill chipmunks, but they won't eat them!

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Re: Where have all the chipmunks gone ?
« Reply #14 on: May 23, 2019, 05:47:53 PM »
Well, there are neighbor cats and the population has been dwindling but I'm amazed to have none and no red sq. . As I said, other people in this valley have noticed it so it's not just because the cats are extra good hunters right here !

Chipmunks around me have holes in the ground. They aren't very fond of heights or tree climbing like the squirrels.
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I always figured they woke up a little in winter: otherwize, why would they store so many seeds ???

In summer they do spend lots of time in a firewood pile that's been there a couple years.
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Re: Where have all the chipmunks gone ?
« Reply #15 on: May 23, 2019, 07:45:30 PM »
Oh, if we get a warm spell during the Winter, they will come out of hibernation!
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Re: Where have all the chipmunks gone ?
« Reply #16 on: May 23, 2019, 08:39:17 PM »
No chipmunks, ground squirrels or mice around here--- the barn cats (pic) eat just about everything that's a bit smaller than them--- got another herd of wild ones out by the sawmill.



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Re: Where have all the chipmunks gone ?
« Reply #17 on: May 23, 2019, 09:34:30 PM »
I must say I havnt seen any this spring yet either.But I have Oreilo's at my feeder. They skipped coming around last summer. 

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« Reply #18 on: May 23, 2019, 10:03:44 PM »
Come to think of it I haven't seen a chipmunk for a long time. Brown squirrels are plentiful though. We are seeing racoons which must be escaping high property prices around Vancouver. ;D They were virtually unknown in this area when I was a kid.
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Re: Where have all the chipmunks gone ?
« Reply #19 on: May 24, 2019, 06:43:24 AM »
Wow, that's a lot of cats, I count 25 in that pic!

Overall, glad it's you and not me!  ;)

No doubt about it, you are a cat person! ;D
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