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!
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!
I took these pictures at home on May 22-23, 2012. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
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!
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!
We all have to eat and animals and birds are no exception. I recently shot these photographs of various birds and small rodents who were grabbing a bite to eat. The birds mostly were eating insects although many also eat berries, seeds, and nuts. The Grey Squirrels around here love sunflower seeds, acorns, hickory nuts, walnuts, butternuts, pecans, and many small berries. The Ducks eat insects, small fish, grains, and small aquatic plants mostly. The Cotton-tail Rabbits eat grasses and tender leaves of bushes and shrubs plus small berries. Most hunt for their food early in the day as well as late in the afternoon. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of that particular photo. Enjoy!