Sometime after I photographed ‘my’ Painted Lady cardinal at 8:07 am. after earlier seeing her eating white millet on the ground, I saw a an Eastern Chipmunk in the same small area for a few seconds. Could it be that it was starving, and came out of its burrow prematurely?
Murray Palmer, Wildlark Drive
(Note: Chipmunks typically start venturing out of their dens for short periods of time in late February and early March, probably because the mating season is quickly approaching. I doubt they would be searching for food, however, especially this year since the wild food crop last summer and fall was abundant. Their underground larders should still be well-stocked. Sean Smith of Peterborough also saw a chipmunk in his yard this week.)