Saturday, April 16, 2016


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.

First published on January 1, 2014

Linking with Saturday's Critters


Margaret Adamson said...

Well now! Aren't those little critters so cute especially the one with the 'stuffed'cheeks. I hope you have a lovely week ahead.

Anonymous said...

Adorableness in your photos! I didn't realized chipmunks had cheek pouches like hamsters.

Chandra@GreenComotion said...

I love those Alvins. They do eat up the garden though. What else are they supposed to do?
Your narration was very captivating, like a short story in a book. Well, I reckon it could very well be.
Nice snaps and post!
Have a Happy Day!
Peace :)

eileeninmd said...

Hello Connie, They Chippers are just adorable. Those fat cheeks are funny. I like the name Flash! Wonderful post and photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

Kavics said...

Nice, very nice!! <3

Marco Luijken said...

Hello Connie,
This is so cute.
Amazing pictures of these lovely little animals.

Many greetings,

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Wonderful photos of these adorable critters! They're so cute.

Ela said...

Oh, what beautiful creatures :))

jandi said...

I remember Flash! Loved that show- we only saw it in the early 90s in South Africa! Loved your words + images! Beautiful!

Jeanne said...

Such cute little fellows! Now I am reminded of what chipmunk cheeks look like. big storage bins!