Chipmunk Gibbage

Mary found the north end of a southbound chipmunk just outside the garden gate, at the foot of the utility pole that often serves as a hawk perch:

Chipmunk tail tip

Chipmunk tail tip

Shortly thereafter, she found piles of gibbage atop the retaining wall by the basement door:

Raptor vs. Rodent gibbage

Raptor vs. Rodent gibbage

It looks too loose for an owl pellet, but hawks also blurp up the indigestible bits. We have definitely have a pair of Cooper’s Hawks nesting in the area again; most likely, this is what’s left of the south end of that chipmunk.

The next morning, we had a feeding frenzy out there:

Raptor vs. Rodent gibbage - feeding frenzy

Raptor vs. Rodent gibbage – feeding frenzy

I’m not sure if the snail over on the right is a participant or a bystander. It’s certainly outclassed by the slugs, which are basically soft-shell snails.

As dBm points out, nothing goes to waste in Nature:

Raptor vs. Rodent gibbage - cleanup squad

Raptor vs. Rodent gibbage – cleanup squad

After the crowd left and the remains dried out a bit, one chunk had a tuft of brown-tipped fur with gray roots that definitely looks like it came from a chipmunk.

Good work, hawks: go, go, go!

  1. #1 by Red County Pete on 2016-06-18 - 10:47

    We had a mild spring and a bumper crop of small furry animals. The bigger furry animals and the owls, hawks and eagles have been eating well. I’ve had some experimental nibbling at the zucchini and trapped a half dozen ground squirrels, but as of now, our biggest concern is the weather. We did get some snow last Wednesday, with a low of 22F. Frostcloth and poly sheet FTW! I might have to break out the poly again tonight, though, but frostcloth alonemight do the trick. (The cold also helps thin the small furry population…)

    • #2 by Ed on 2016-06-18 - 19:46

      That’s severe weather by our standards: we’ve just started eating garden lettuce and a wave of snap peas should break over us in a week or so. Good luck!

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