We have taken to calling him Chippy.
A bold and ever frisky chipmunk has been popping up on our deck and throughout our back yard for many months now, and we usually love to see him. He’s so cute and seems to love posing for pictures. And he is not always on the move. More often than not we see him perched on a corner of the deck, gazing speculatively at our bird feeders, figuring out his next move in search of tasty seeds to munch or hide away.
But he was never really a nuisance – until yesterday!
Suddenly our friendly little rodent entertainer had outwitted our hitherto squirrel-proof bird feeder and climbed aboard to gorge himself on safflower-sunflower birdseed mix.
How the little blighter got there we’re not quite sure, but most likely by leaping from the pole supporting the feeder.
Chipmunks and squirrels of all kinds have tried their best to reach that feeder ring, only to be stymied by the cylindrical obstacle midway up that pole.
Chippy tried to do it a year or two ago, but had to retreat in failure.
But the crafty little critter somehow solved the access problem, leaving us with a new challenge to deter this new threat to hungry birdlife.
Today we think we’ve solved the problem. While the multi-striped invader has no problem climbing up the pole, he surely cannot get past that pesky barrier.
So we just removed the makeshift hanger put there to make it easier for reloading birdseed, raising the feeder well above the barrier.
Let’s see Chippy trying to beat that!