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A Not-So-Shy Visitor and Those Other Resident Rodents

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A Cotton-tailed Rabbit has been visiting the yards of the row of homes that I live among.  I was quite surprised to spot the bunny sitting in the St. Augustine grass lawn, in the back yard,  just about five feet from a neighbor’s home.  On June 29, 2013, I again saw the rabbit (or its look-alike) right up against another close neighbor’s house!  Prior to about a week ago, I had not seen rabbits within a half-mile of my home.

My husband told me, much to my great surprise, that he had seen that same rabbit go up onto my other next door neighbor’s porch earlier that day!  So, the resident Grey Squirrels have a new friend here.  I will likely have to put up a short rabbit fence around any above ground planter boxes I may plan to have in my patio area, for growing vegetables.  I took these pictures in my yards on June 25, 2013, and again on June 29, 2013.   Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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A Bunny Close-up

This Cotton-tailed Rabbit was standing stock-still when it saw me approach.  I rather stumbled across the bunny when walking towards my home.  This rabbit was standing just behind my car and about ten feet from my front porch steps.  I snapped away, turned my back and the bunny fled.  It had been raining just before I came across the rabbit so the bunny likely had been under the car during the storm.  There are several rabbits here but so far, the only damage I have seen was to the bark of one  of the dwarf Apple Trees (now I will cover the trunks with a plastic guard) and a couple of carrots (duh!) in the garden from earlier in the Summer when we were on vacation.  I took these pictures in my yard on Sept. 2, 2012.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Wild Bunnies

Cotton-tailed Rabbits have been making their homes in my yards and in the immediate neighborhood.  I think that there are about five bunnies here now and maybe an equal number around the neighbors’ homes.  The Cotton-tailed Rabbits eat plants and fruit.  They live underground in burrows.  They are mostly out in the cool of twilight.  The Cotton-tailed Rabbit has a fluffy stub tail that is white in color which is how it got its name.  The bunnies tend to freeze in place when they spot me so it is pretty easy to take pictures of them.  I often purposely turn my back so that they can hop away quickly while I am not looking.  The bunnies have been in the garden but did little damage (it was the deer that ate all the Sunflowers down to the stems).  I took these pictures at various times on June 25, 2012 and again on June 26, 2012 in my yards and from the street in front of my place here.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Rabbits

Cotton-tailed Rabbits have begun to make themselves at home in the grassy areas around the little farm here. Cotton-tailed Rabbits are medium-sized Rabbits.  They are a tan color with large brown eyes.  They have white on their undersides and have a fluffy, round, white tail that resembles a Cotton ball.  They like to graze on the White Clover and tender grasses in the shady area near the front-end of the place here.

There are adjacent woods where the bunnies can hide from predators and people.  Rabbits eat plants, grasses, grains, and some fruits.  So far, they have happily for me, left the garden veggies alone. The Rabbits are mostly out in the late afternoon and evening.  They don’t like being in the heat and sun very much.  They live in underground burrows or under piles of branches. I took these pictures last week here at my home.   I enjoy seeing the bunnies here.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

More Mixed-Pix of the Little Farm

An Eastern Bluebird

Here are a few random views of the little farm that I took this past week.  I enjoy seeing lots of wildlife here.  We have three or four Cotton-tailed Rabbits, a few Eastern Chipmunks, several Grey Squirrels, numerous Canada Geese, a few different kinds of ducks, and many different birds!  I hope you’ll enjoy seeing a few views.  I have included birds and animals plus just plain scenery.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.

A View of the Pond

A Cotton-Tailed Rabbit

An Eastern Chipmunk

Canada Geese and Goslings

A Mourning Dove

A Grey Squirrel

Run, Rabbit, Run!

Cotton-tail Rabbits have been coming out to explore the pastures and gulch areas of the little farm in recent days.  On April 15, 2012, I saw two of the swift bunnies running near the driveway and the gulch.  One had been escaping a loose Beagle dog that excitedly had chased the rabbit from the street.  The owner called the dog home as the rabbit made the dash up the driveway, to relative safety near where I was standing with the camera.

The other rabbit darted out from the gulch area and headed off across the shoreline to the lush pasture at the far end of the little farm.  I took these pictures in my yard on Sunday at about 5:00pm.   Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

A Cotton-Tailed Rabbit

This is the second time I have seen a Cotton-tailed bunny here on the little farm since November.  This rabbit was sitting quite still.  It had seen me and was trying not to be noticed.  I took its picture and went on my way down the driveway to do some birdwatching.  The first time I saw this rabbit was about two weeks ago.  It had run out from under the wooden shed that is near the pond.  That shed has a small space under it, which soon will have a lattice cover on it.  Rabbits live mostly under small rocky ledges, or in the ground in burrows.  They are not often seen in the Winter as they like to stay in their burrow homes in colder weather.

Rabbits eat leafy plants many vegetables, and grasses.  I will soon have to protect the newly planted vegetables and the new small fruit trees.  Rabbits also like to nibble on fruit tree bark.  Yikes!  They are quite cute so I vote for measures such as repellant and fencing.  I took the picture on March 21, 2012 at about 5:30pm in my yard.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Rodent Neighbors

I just am so lucky to live in an area just teeming with wildlife!  I see a lot of very cute rodents such as Grey Squirrels, Cotton-tail Rabbits, and Chipmunks several times a week if not daily.  We have about ten Cotton-tail Rabbits here on the street.  We have numerous Chipmunks and Grey Squirrels too!  Almost every house here has several Grey Squirrels in their trees.

The Grey Squirrels eat seeds, acorns, nuts, bark, and small fruits.  The Rabbits mostly eat grass, tender leaves, flowers, and occasionally, small fruits and vegetables.  The Chipmunks eat seeds, nuts, small fruits and occasionally, insects.  The Squirrels live in the trees, the Rabbits and the Chipmunks live in underground burrows.  Occasionally, Rabbits in the wild will live above ground under thick shrubbery and bushes.  Here are some pictures I have recently taken in my yard and along the street where I live.  Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

A Bunch of Bunnies in July

We are having a lot of Cotton-tailed Rabbits browsing on lawns on my street these days.  I also had a Rabbit in my own backyard last evening at twilight.  The Rabbits are enjoying the grass and tender leaves of shrubbery.  It rained the day before yesterday and that may have made the grass even tastier to those bunnies.  I have counted nine individual Cotton-tailed Rabbits of different ages.  One is a lovely light creamy tan color and is very large.  The one in my backyard was very scrawny looking and fairly young.  Unfortunately for that bunny, there did not seem to be much of its liking around in my backyard (no lawn just almost bare dirt at the moment).  These pictures were taken on July 9th and 10th at various times of the day  at several spots along my street.  Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger photo.  Enjoy!

Cottontail Cutie

Last night at dusk, my neighbor pointed out that there was a Cottontail bunny on a lawn across the way.  I walked quite close to that rabbit but it did not seem afraid of people at all!  It happily munched on the grassy lawn and sweet clover.  It is only the second time I have seen a rabbit in the nine months I have lived here.  The Cottontail Rabbits eat grasses and the  tender leaves of many plants.   They live in underground burrows usually but will often rest in bushes or tall grass.

The Cottontail got its name from that fluffy white stub of a tail that these rabbits have.  This young bunny has huge eyes, doesn’t it? Rabbits are quite sensitive to being overheated so they enjoy cool shade during the hot muggy days.  Their very long ears help to serve as cooling for the bunny  as well.  The rabbits feed early in the morning and at around dusk when it is cooler.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of that photograph.  Enjoy!



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