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Wildlife Reports => Southern Ontario Wildlife => Topic started by: Axeman on April 26, 2015, 09:46:15 pm

Title: Where are the Chipmunks and Gophers ?
Post by: Axeman on April 26, 2015, 09:46:15 pm
Has anyone else noticed fewer chipmunks and gophers out and about this spring ? The raccoons are moving about -- and the skunks...my lawn is all dug up...but I have not seen a single chipmunk and only one gopher....I'm wondering if the extreme cold froze them in their burrows...
Title: Re: Where are the Chipmunks and Gophers ?
Post by: Bird Brain on April 26, 2015, 11:30:47 pm
Hi Axeman.  I haven't been seeing any Chipmunks or Gophers yet but have been seeing Red Squirrels.
Title: Re: Where are the Chipmunks and Gophers ?
Post by: BetCrooks on April 27, 2015, 06:51:57 am
Maybe you've missed the peak "seeing them" season? At the Rattray Marsh and Riverwood Park there were zillions of them about a month ago. Now they are getting harder to see during the day as they start raising their families and avoiding all the returning predators.
Title: Re: Where are the Chipmunks and Gophers ?
Post by: Howieh on April 27, 2015, 04:24:08 pm
A chipmonk is filling his cheeks below my feeder as I write this. He's waiting for my hummingbirds to arrive because then I move the regular feeder from the shepherds hook to a spot where he has easy access - friendly little guy - he lets me stroke his back and hang onto his tail in exchange for a mouthful of birdseed! :)
Title: Re: Where are the Chipmunks and Gophers ?
Post by: Dr. John on April 29, 2015, 12:59:14 pm
By "gophers" are you meaning groundhogs/woodchucks? If so, I saw one a week ago in the median patch of grass on the DVP just north of Spanbridge. There's usually one there every year.