Spending time in my garden always puts a smile on my face. A flower getting ready to unfurl, a bee buzzing around, a feathery friend splashing in the birdbath, a butterfly fluttering by, the beautiful singing of a cardinal...so many wonderful things going on that bring me joy.
And one of my favourite experiences when I’m outside is observing this precious little creature:
This is Mr. Inski. Mr. Butt Inski. Years ago, my husband suggested we name him that (story here) because he’s such a busybody. His behaviour fits the definition of a buttinski (a person (or in this case animal) that is constantly butting in or meddling in the affairs of other people (or in this case animals).
Mr. Inski meddles because he’s constantly in search of food that he can carry back to his burrow for storage or consumption.
Oftentimes, he’ll sit and enjoy a meal or two (or ten) before he runs off with his cheeks full back to his home.
He makes multiple trips until all the food is gone, and it is quite entertaining to watch him scurry around the garden.
I adore chipmunks, and I look forward to their return every spring. With camera in hand, of course.