I was walking across the yard toward the barn when this little creature and I spotted each other. He stopped just short of the downspout and posed for me. It was as though he was saying, "Take a good look; you were wrong." So I was, for I saw the animal zip into the downspout a few days ago and I thought it was a thirteen lined ground squirrel, for we have had them in the yard for some time. Though sometimes referred to as a "ground squirrel," this one is an eastern chipmunk.
I snapped the picture, took one more step toward the barn door, and like a flash he was gone up the drain.