Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Superheros


Don's sort of a sucker for superhero shows.  In 1990, there was a pretty silly one he watched called The Flash.  (OK, I watched it, too.)  The hero would put on a red suit, and then they'd show him in fast forward mode, doing heroic things.  (Actually, the best thing for me was watching him clean house.)




About the time we watched that show, we started seeing a chipmunk near the house, and he was so fast that we dubbed him Flash in honor of our superhero.  The next chipmunks to appear were indistinguishable from the first, so they became Flash, too.  Since then, several subsequent generations of chipmunks here have all had the same name.





For several days now,  a young Flash has been helping himself to snacks on our deck.  Most winters, chipmunks stay snugly tucked into their dens in the ground, and we don't see a sign of them for months.




Flash has been here on frigid mornings, his hair standing on end, and when long blue shadows cross the deck, he stuffs his cheeks 'til they can't hold another sunflower seed. Then he's off to hide them away, only to return and repeat the process.  It makes us wonder if someone raided his family's cache, and true to his superhero nature, he's out gathering provisions for the larder.

In the basement this morning,  a small mouse was caught in a trap.  My first instinct was to holler for Don to help.  Of course.  He loves dealing with wildlife.  The frightened mouse was scarcely damaged, so my own personal superhero took the poor thing outside and set it free. Who needs a red suit?  (Uh, don't let this get around.  My man and protector has his reputation to think about.)





At last report, the little mouse has been eating sunflower seeds, drinking from the birdbath, and hanging out in the woodpile, so we think he's ok.  And The Flash is still hard at work, saving the world from hunger.

Well, at least his family.






18 comments:

Brian King said...

haha! Awesome shots! They're cute little guys and appropriately named!

Sharon said...

Lovely snaps Connie! You and Don are great neighbors to all the critters.
What does Barley think of Flash?

Connie Smiley said...

Hi Sharon--when Barley sees deer and squirrels running by, he'll watch them for a minute, and then go on with the business at hand, but those chipmunks are so little, I'm not sure he even notices them.

Sandra said...

What amusing little creatures those chipmunks are! You've captured their antics so well here!
Wishing you a wonderful new year and looking forward to more lovely nature shots from you. It's always a joy to come and visit you here!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Adore them, way too cute, yet oh so naughty...I would do them no harm, but oh my I will say scatter when I see them about. For now they are resting deep in their beds~

Lisa Gordon said...

Young Flash is absolutely precious, and looks VERY well fed, I might add.

These photographs are just precious, Connie!

I wish you all the most wonderful things in this New Year.

eileeninmd said...

Funny, love the stuffed cheek shots. But they are all cute, love your cute Flash. Thank you for sharing your critter post on Saturday's Critters, have a happy weekend!

ladyfi said...

What amazing pictures of Flash!

Cottage Tails said...

I really do think we miss out here in NZ not having chipmunks. Totally loved your photos!

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Adorable little critters!

Debbie said...

omgoodness, what a cutie!! mine are soooo quick, i can never get a picture!!

Porch Days said...

Obviously, Flash is doing a good job of feeding himself and others. Chipmunks are so cute!

S. Etole said...

It is quite amazing how full they can fill their cheeks. Cute little guys.

Deanna said...

Oh what cute critters...love the one with the full cheeks...we never see them out in the winter-time here, but the first sign of spring they are back in a "flash"...!!

EG CameraGirl said...

How kind you were to the mouse! I love chipmunks and think Flash is a great name for them.

Karen said...

Cutest little chipmunk I have ever seen!

Jennifer Richardson said...

oh what a dapper fellow:)
I love your critter stories
and the images you share;
thanks for giving voice
to the beauty around you,
Jennifer

Ginney Camden said...

Your little family of chipmunks are so cute. I love the pictures! I love feeding the chipmunks and squirrels as much as the birds!