It’s been a while since I blogged in depth about Chippie since she is quite shy unlike Wishy. Earlier in the spring she was looking rather portly. I figured, like most of us, she’d want me to wait until she worked off her winter weight before I took pics to post online. The photo above is from this morning. She’s getting good exercise now that spring is here. Anyway, there have been some strange happenings that finally made sense this morning.
Chippie has always defended her territory (our deck) like all good chipmunks do. However, I noticed that she was acting extra brave the past few weeks. As an example, I saw her chase away a red squirrel that’s twice her size, and it was afraid of her!
Last week I started to hear chipmunk noises that sounded like they were coming from underneath the deck while Chippie sat on the railing, but I knew Chippie would never allow another chipmunk in her space. I figured it was off in the distance and just sounded like it was closer.
This morning when I went out to give her some blueberries and seeds she wasn’t as skittish as usual. She was acting like all was well in her world, if that’s possible for a chipmunk to convey. Suddenly I saw a little chipmunk head peek out from underneath the deck…and then a second!
It all made sense.
Chippie is a mom! Is Wishy the father? We’ll never know, but my hunch that Chippie is female has been confirmed!
I felt very honored that Chippie allowed her babies to come out in my presence. After I went back inside I watched them from my window. There appears to be two babies total. One started to wander into the yard and the other further out into the garden bed. She did what I can only describe as a chipmunk slap and scolding session. She literally pushed them back towards the deck as she made it clear to them in high pitched chipmunk chatter that they are not ready to venture out, and they went back “inside.” I’m fascinated that they somehow know to stay in their burrow during the day while she is out.
My research indicates that their gestation period is about one month, then it’s another month before the babies come out of their burrow, and then a few more weeks to a month later before are ready to go out on their own.
I called Wayne at work and he congratulated me for being a chipmunk grandma!
If you enjoy seeing and hearing about our chipmunks, you and your little ones may enjoy my book, Wishy the Bookwork Chipmunk! Your purchase helps support my blog so we thank you if you decide to purchase it, or have already done so!