I went back to the Woodland Hills Nature Park where there is a huge tribe of Chipmunks, and I brought back a few interesting things for you. First of all, I have several pictures of one of these curious little guys for you. I wish I could show you more, but I have to consider the limited space.
The second thing I have for you is a bit of a discovery I have made regarding chipmunks. You know, when you have been watching animals for awhile, and start becoming good at observing their behavior, you start to notice things about them. Let me tell you the story about it so you understand.
While I was walking through chipmunk territory, and hoping for a few good pictures, I heard a rustling noise off to my right, so I stopped to see what it was. As I was peering past an old fallen tree beside the trail, the little chipmunk in these pictures jumped right up on the tree.
As you can see by all of these pictures I definitely wasn't going to pass up this opportunity that jumped right up in front of me. I moved my camera up to my face as slowly as possible and began taking more pictures than I could ever hope to need. I was in luck! The chipmunk seemed completely oblivious to my presence.
The chipmunk walked around on that log sniffing around for food, and just generally having a relaxing time. It wasn't that it didn't mind me being there, it was that the chipmunk didn't see me! I was standing only five feet(1.5 meters) away, and the chipmunk just plain didn't know I was there!
So have you guess what I discovered? Well, let me continue the story. As I watched this chipmunk completely ignoring me, I began to understand what was going on. I finally decided this had to end, so I thought I would try a little experiment. So I took a full step to my left, and the chipmunk darted from the log and ran terrified into the forest!
I'm not sure if chipmunks have a reputation for poor eyesight, but this chipmunk had trouble seeing me as long as I didn't move. This is not the only one that has done this either. The last chipmunk that I saw, and used for my last game here on the blog, behaved exactly the same way. I was also able to get very many shots of that one too.
Other chipmunks that I encounter will run away as I walk through the forest, only to run halfway back and peer at me. I have always assumed that this was just an intense case of curiosity. Maybe it is partly curiosity, but maybe they are also trying to see what it is that they ran from, which is also a bit of curiosity of course.
That bit of bad eyesight might explain why they peer at me so intensely though. It could also be that I just look funny, but I don't like to think about that. So, what do you think? Does it seem as if I have discovered something significant, or is it just my imagination? After all, I could still bewrong about all of this, but observation doesn't lie if you pay attention.
So next time you are in an area with small animals that you want to watch, just try standing very still. It might work as well as it has for me with these chipmunks. I have read it also works for birds. I wouldn't try this on bigger animals that might be dangerous though. You don't want to become lunch. Have a nice day!