The Eastern Chipmunks in our yard are
some of its most charming inhabitants.
They scamper over the rock walls
as they collect seeds and nuts for their winter hoard.
They have 2-inch diameter holes going directly
into the earth without any sign of excavation.
These underground tunnels throughout the yard
enable the chipmunks to pop down
into the rock wall and appear under the feeders,
or in a flower bed by the deck.
End of summer is a busy time for them;
the shorter days and cooler nights are coming.