He is skittish and it has been difficult to get a picture. The squirrels which live along the boardwalk by the bay in Summerside, Prince Edward Island will take peanuts out of your hand. Not so the chipmunks. They love seeds, but aren't trusting of humans.
Chipmunks are fast too. Short of setting up a tripod and buying a new camera, I could not imagine getting any pictures which weren't a blur. Then, on a recent early morning visit to the boardwalk, someone had left seeds near a feeder. A single chipmunk, Alvin, was busy collecting the seeds, filling his pouches and disappearing to stash them.
The squirrels were occupied with peanuts, so Alvin was undisturbed as he worked.
He posed, first at the base of a tree as he searched for the seeds,
then on the feeder.
These Eastern chipmunks have beautiful stripes on their backs, a central black one and on each side, two black stripes around a central white one.
The tail is not as bushy as the squirrels' tails and it is gray fur like some of the fur on its back.
Alvin has long sharp claws like the squirrels, making tree climbing easy for him.
Like a squirrel, his eyes are rimmed with white above and below, and the faces of the two animals are similarly shaped.
Alvin's cousin, McNutt
There aren't as many chipmunks as squirrels in residence on the boardwalk. We have only ever seen one on our visits to the area, so there is little opportunity for a great photo. Then again, how fortunate am I when my greatest concern is how to photograph a chipmunk?