The following are pictures I took while we were camping at Aspen Creek of a very large colony of chipmunks. The kits were extremely hard to photograph because they were constantly on the move and wouldn't stay still long enough for me to get a descent shot. Some were so young they couldn't have been more than 3-4 weeks old, such as the little guy directly below. Still they were an absolute joy to watch while we were sitting around camp!
Another sentry in training!
The following are a couple of short videos I shot of one of the kits foraging for seeds. Keeping track of them in the tall grass was a major challenge!
This last video shows one of the colonies sentries nervously grooming himself. There were always sentries stationed an that rock because it sat on the edge of a tall rocky cliff that was honeycombed with chipmunk dens. One morning I even spotted a red tailed hawk sitting on the rock for a couple of seconds before it flew off and landed in some trees just across the creek. It was not an uncommon site to see raptors and even owls flying low through the narrow creek valley looking for game.