and then the red squirrels showed up.
red squirrels are little assholes.
here is my conversation with the chipmunk:
hi! whatcha doin'?
is that food? do you have food? OMG you know how much i like food.
no, it is not food.
are ya sure you're not having food?
pretty sure, yep.
do ya mind if i just check?
i'll just hop up here and look if that's ok with you.
not in my lap, ok, that's weird.
ok, NOW do ya have food?
no. i am reading.
are ya sure?
yep, reading. no food.
imma just hang out with you here for a while, ok?
in case there's gonna be food.
that is food.
yes it is. it is MY food.
hey, wait! just because YOU'RE done eating that corncob doesn't mean all the food is gone.
you are welcome to it.
and here is the red squirrel:
I KNOW YOU HAVE FOOD AND I AM GOING THROUGH YOUR THINGS UNTIL I FIND IT. SCREW YOU AND YOUR BAGS. I CAN MAKE HOLES.
ha, you little SOB, i moved the food and hung it up.
WATCH ME WHILE I SHIT ON YOUR TABLE.
this conversation was truncated because suddenly the squirrel heard another squirrel a hundred feet away or so and had to run off and fight it. while it was gone, the chipmunk came back and ate whatever crumbs had been dropped.
so clearly, the chipmunk is the animal you WANT cleaning up your dropped bits, because the chipmunk just politely takes what there is and doesn't chew through your bags.
so by day three the chipmunks and i had a partnership. i timed my food prep (which usually involved some spilled oatmeal flakes or food fragments left on foil) to coincide with when the squirrels were off trying to kill each other. the chipmunk would come in like a little vacuum and clean up the site so nothing was left for the squirrel, whom i had named beelzebub.