Spring miracle

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Red maple buds

I can’t wait another second to tell you the news. (Besides, you asked for an update.)

Some of you may remember last month’s blog about the little tame chipmunk from last summer.  He had a crack in his ear, and ran up our legs in August and September to munch sunflower seeds off our palms. He disappeared last October and we haven’t seen him since.  Some of us feared him dead.

In the past two days, another chippy presented himself and licked seeds out of my hand, filling his fat cheeks with sunflower nuggets before bounding off into the woods.  It wasn’t our guy, but an adventerous newcomer.

Today, this afternoon, not a half hour ago–a chippy ran toward me again.  I thought, oh yes, the little beggar from this morning.  But, oh no, what a delightful surprise!–it was our long-lost little fella from last year.  His tell-tale split ear revealed him to be the same creature, returned at last to our Little House in the Big Woods.

My guy, talkin' bout my guy

Last year’s picture of our guy

He ran pell mell toward me, but I carried no seeds. He stopped in his tracks and scrambled away to watch at a safe distance.

That’s when I saw the ear and made positive identification.

Scurried inside, grabbed the seeds and coaxed him closer.  Barry arrived home in his car and said, “He’s sitting just over there.”  I slowly approached.  We apprised one another.

He seemed to decide that the seed possibilities overcame his fear, and he scampered up to fill his fat cheeks with sunflower nibbles, daintily licking my hand, his tiny feet lightly scratching the palm.

In the woods a half hour earlier I heard someone practicing music.  Through the red budding maples, past tiny yellow blooming bushes, somewhere in the trees someone played their instrument, the woods vibrating with music.

Perhaps the chipmunks paused to listen.  Perhaps they, too, felt the sudden miracle of life.

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About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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28 Responses to Spring miracle

  1. Brenda says:

    Awww this is wonderful news! The little chipmunk is so cute and having him return to you is such a blessing ❤ And hearing music through the woods must be so enchanting, bringing magical tunes to all the woodland creatures ❤

  2. Fountainpen says:

    Oh how wonderful
    And yes such a miracle!!!!!
    Our God is good!


  3. klb9037 says:

    Great news that your furry buddy returned! I’m curious, tho… How was your winter? Was it an easier one overall? It seemed as though your temps were a little warmer than usual? (at least from my casual observations)

    • Kathy says:

      Our winter was milder than most. The ice did not even freeze fully on the Keweenaw Bay (except close to the shore near L’Anse for a brief moment or two.) The spring, however, has been long, cold and not too spring-like. The weatherman dubbed it a “backwards spring”. I would agree with him.

  4. K says:

    you should let him live in my room next winter 🙂

  5. Val says:

    It’s so lovely when our old four-legged or two claw-ed friends remember us and come back. (We’re currently hoping that Queequeg the moorhen will return – he/she was here last year. So nice to see your little chipmunk. 🙂

  6. john k. says:

    What an unexpected pleasure! As was the newspaper yesterday!

  7. Ruth Maki says:

    Love it! 💖

  8. sybil says:

    I love that “split ear” came back. Sadly coz I have dogs (and cats) I never get the critters so close. Now a short word of warning. Do you have any rain barrels or buckets of water that are uncovered ? If you do, then put a stick or something in them so that should a “chippie” fall in he/she will be able to climb out …

  9. sherrysescape says:

    I’m so glad your chipmunk buddy came back 🙂

  10. Shirley Khodja says:

    How wonderful (and unexpected)! 🙂

  11. dorannrule says:

    What a delightfully happy story and the fact that it is continued with the seasons makes it even better. I like to think the little chipmunk who returned decided to pass the word onto his friends and that’s why you got a new visitor who is also unafraid.

  12. Loved this post. How wonderful that the chippy from last year returned. Hope he lasts a long time. Makes for lovely entertainment. Music in the woods. Can’t get any better.

  13. Dawn says:

    That’s sweet news indeed! So CUTE!

  14. Bonnie says:

    How wonderful that little chippy returned.

  15. Perhaps, the chippy was playing the music for your enjoyment. How I love to imagine a fairyland wood scene with the wood creatures playing a tune – only for the humans who see them for who they are – magical beings.

  16. Lori says:

    Yay, what a happy and unexpected surprise! Enjoy the weekend, Kathy.

  17. debyemm says:

    So happy to know that your Chipmunk is OK. Our “pet” Raccoon returned recently. It waits in one of the chairs near the back door for us to feed it. Not yet as tame as your guy but gets closer to being “tame” every day. Not that I encourage it.

  18. Robin says:

    He is so cute! How wonderful that he remembered and returned. 🙂

  19. Carol Ferenc says:

    I’m so glad you and Chippy had a happy reunion, Kathy. BTW – they love peanuts too. When we go camping, we always pack a jar of unsalted peanuts just for the chippers. I know you’re not supposed to feed the wildlife, but who can resist them? They’re so cute!

  20. I Wilkerson says:

    What a cutie! I do have to try to tame ours this year!

  21. Kathy says:

    Thank you for all your lovely welcome-back comments for Chippy. I should go out and read them too him, lol. He came back again yesterday and today. I knew it was vitally important to tell you the minute he showed up. 🙂

  22. Debbie M. says:

    Oh the wonder of spring: hope and anticipation rewarded!

  23. Karen says:

    Kathy, your post brought back fond memories from our lake house in Maine. We too had a chipmunk that used to eat seeds from our hands. For two years he added pleasure to our summers and then disappeared.

  24. What a lovely, magical, afternoon moment! What a darling little creature!

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