Posted on August 28, 2017 by Site Admin

Chipmunk

Watch for summer-born litters of chipmunks emerging from their burrows for the first time.

At six weeks old, young chipmunks look just like the adults, but are about two-thirds the size.

After a week or two of exploration and sibling play near their home burrow, the mother refuses them entry and they’re on their own.

They are at a disadvantage compared to chipmunks born in the springtime, since they have to hurry and find or build burrows, and then stock them with nuts and seeds for the winter.

A profusion of winged, barbed, spring-loaded, hitchhiking, and exploding seeds are ready to release themselves in woods, fields and wetlands.

Beggar ticks, burdock and tick trefoil burrs catch free rides on clothing or pet fur, while touch-me-not (a.k.a. jewelweed) seed pods explode when ripe.

Late wildflowers goldenrod and aster are blooming.

The first week of September is the peak of the fall warbler migration, confusingly drab in their non-breeding plumage.

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, Ovenbirds and Northern Waterthrushes, Broad-Winged and Sharp-Shinned Hawks, and Common Terns have all gone south by the end of the month. Wilson's Storm Petrel, which is common off the Massachusetts coast all summer, returns to Antarctica to breed.

(This article was written by Cindy Mom and originally published by Greenbelt in 1999.)

 

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