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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Run! It's Watering Time!

Look who I flushed out from one of the planters!



P.S. Jacob Royer (thanks for the comment Jacob!) raised an interesting questions: are these creatures chipmunks or squirrels. I think they are baby squirrels. They look exactly as their daddy who was fooling around my garden, digging my flower beds and flirting with bushytail ladies.

I found this information at wisegeek.com: "A chipmunk can be identified by the five dark brown stripes that run from its head to its tail, which is often upright. A squirrel, meanwhile, has thirteen stripes in total that are also dark brown and run the length of its body. A squirrel does not, however, have stripes on its face. A chipmunk is also usually smaller than a squirrel. Chipmunks run quickly, with their tails straight in the air. A squirrel runs with its tail at a horizontal angle". Hmm, I remember seeing some squirrels with no stripes... Anyway, I'll try to watch the creatures, they might change the color. I'll also pay attention to how they hold their tails.
P.P.S. OK, here it is, a picture of a chipmunk. Found it in my 2008 folder. Now, we can see the difference!



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31 comments:

  1. They look like chipmunks!
    One of our friends from Michigan mistook squirrels for chipmunks once when she moved to Louisiana.
    I've never seen a chipmunk in person but they sure are cute little buggers.

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  2. Hi Jacob and thanks for stopping by! wisegeek.com has this info:"A chipmunk can be identified by the five dark brown stripes that run from its head to its tail, which is often upright. A squirrel, meanwhile, has thirteen stripes in total that are also dark brown and run the length of its body. A squirrel does not, however, have stripes on its face. A chipmunk is also usually smaller than a squirrel. Chipmunks run quickly, with their tails straight in the air. A squirrel runs with its tail at a horizontal angle".
    My first guess was - these were baby squirrels, but let me watch their tails, then I'll know for sure.

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  3. What a cute picture of your Chip and Dale.
    We do not have the dark brown squirrels here just gray and red. The dark brown ones look cute but do they eat your garden? Those two look ornery.

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  4. Tatyana,
    I think you are right, they are baby squirrels. They sure are cute buggers!--Randy

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  5. I think squirrels too. They sure are cute!

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  6. Lona, Randy, thanks!
    Lona, what is interesting - all the females around here are gray, but the male is brown. They leave a mess after digging, eating pinecone nuts. I also saw them eating young growth on one of the bushes.

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  7. I personally and so tired of the squirrels around here!! Looks like squirrels to me..

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  8. As one who is only too familiar with *&@+*$ squirrels, they definitely look like squirrels to me!

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  9. Hi Tatyana, how cute, destructive but still cute, especially when they are babies. I too think squirrels. Our squirrels do not have any stripes either. Have to check out how the tail is held when they run. Love your urn, too. :-)
    Frances

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  10. Hi Tatyana

    Look like cute baby squirrels to me.

    Lucky you had your camera ready

    Rob

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  11. Great photo! I bet they were sleeping peacefully before being interrupted by rain coming out of the blue.

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  12. Tatyana your post title did make me giggle .. could mean lots of things .. very cute indeed ! It would shock me to see little creatures running out of a planter for sure !! LOL
    Joy

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  13. Tina, Victoria, Joanne, thanks!
    Darla, I can feel your pain!
    Joy, I was startled by them jumping out from the planter! Victoria is right - they were probably sleeping there or just hiding from a heat.
    Rob, I ran inside (you can see the door was open)and grabbed a camera. While I was taking the pictures, one of them approached me and then climbed on my leg! Next day, one of them was following me and startled me!They are not afraid of people!
    Frances, I like that metal urn too, it's one of my ramage sale finds.

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  14. The top one is a squirrel, the bottom one is a chipmunk. I can tell you this with 100% accuracy because I have spent countless hours of my life in a treestand watching both :-)

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  15. Looks like a little squirrel to me too. Usually I tell the squirrels by their big bushy tails (like you said keep an eye on the tails) unless some don't have bushy tails. Ours do. Your little chipmunk looks just like the little guy ripping through my starts with dirt flying everywhere and on his face clear up to his eyes. I had a ball laughing while getting all the pictures - even though my starts were laying everywhere! LOL

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  16. Those baby squirrels are too cute! I'm amazed you got a picture before they ran off. Now is your big chance to train them to stay out of your veggies! ;)

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  17. These babies are very very cute. How nice if I can just see them in action running around here and there. Okay, I don't mind having them around in my garden for the time being.

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  18. Thanks for the education on the difference between a chipmunk and a squirrel...we have some that look like both (one has no stripes on it at all in the butt area, so we wondered). Now I will look mostly at the faces and how their tails look when they run! They are BOTh getting into my birdseed and are little pests. ha

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  19. Those baby squirrels are adorable. What a great capture!

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  20. Таня, мне очень понравилось!

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  21. They look so cute! And I had a good laugh when I read the title of this post :D

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  22. Tatyana, that first photo is amazing! Usually chipmunks win the cute vote for me but these baby squirrels are adorable!

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  23. I've never seen a squirel with stripes on the back. Come to think of it, I've never seen any life squirel before ...

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  24. Wonder if these cuties will catch cold and sneezing daylong due to unexpected sprayed rain!
    ~ bangchik

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  25. Very very cute! And with the second photo you can really tell the difference.

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  26. They do look like babies. I think chipmunks are cute, but then I don't have any digging in my garden!

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  27. I know they can certainly be quite the nuisance in the garden but oh those babies are sure cute!

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  28. They are so very cute...I know many people tire of the squirrels digging in their gardens and eating the tomatoes (like my squirrels are doing) but I would miss them if all of them went away....The Chiopmunks are extra cute too.
    Sherry

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  29. The one looks like a chipmunk, the other a baby squirrel. They are so darn cute if they weren't so rambunctious...sort of like my very cute-in-the-face Beagle but better known as the destroyer! LOL.

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  30. Господи, какие они смешнючие - звериные дитёныши:-) Чудесные фото!

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