Chippers Three Babies2
Aaaaaah!!! CHIPMUNK BABIES!!!
Yesterday's absolutely wonderful surprise: Our resident chipmunk (whom we named Chipper and headcanoned to be female) is a mother! Chipper herself is missing from this photo, but we saw her earlier returning to the hole and the three babies with her cheeks full.
We absolutely did not know Chipper was female. At best it was a guess on the basis of how careful she was behaving whenever she was about to leave her hole; mostly a fervent hope amidst the trashfire of 2020 that was based on her maybe perhaps if-we're-very-lucky and I-could-be-wrong-but-doesn't-she-look-a-little-thicker-round-the-middle because-it-would-be-so-fabulous-during-this-awful-year.
Babies would explain the change in her behavior we observed late this summer, though.