Date: 7/25/17 9:36 am From: Joel Geier <joel.geier...> Subject: [obol] Non-bird question: Willamette Valley chipmunk
Hi Rudi & All,
Townsend Chipmunk would be the expected chipmunk species in the Willamette Valley. They use deciduous riparian habitat with dense understory as well as conifer forest. I've encountered them in suburban situations around Corvallis, sometimes making use of non-native landscaping shrubbery for cover. This time of year, youngsters seem to wander a bit.
To add one more link to birding: They make a lot of odd sounds, some of which can make you suspect that a strange new bird is hiding back in a thicket. Folks who've joined some of my field trips have probably heard me say, "When in doubt, it's probably a Townsend's Chipmunk."
Happy birding, Joel
Rudi Rudolph wrote:
> Yesterday afternoon while watching birds (there's the obligatory > connection) in our N. Eugene/Santa Clara-area backyard, I observed a > chipmunk of some sort. The chipmunk diagnosis is based on facial > striping being present.