How often have you seen chipmunks peacefully browsing together?
Not very often, and there's a reason.
Chipmunks are very territorial. They really don't like each other except as babies or juveniles who just left the nest.
I've seen chipmunks chase each other and tussle but they're so fast that I can't tell what they're doing.
Last weekend Shawn Collins had his camera ready when two chipmunks went after each other. And, yes, they were so fast it was hard to get a clear shot.
Look at this flash of fur! Ow!
Soon it was over and the loser ran away.
The victor remained for a parting portrait, the tumble of battle visible on his fur.
Not to another chipmunk!
(photos by Shawn Collins)