Marmots, a Jack Rabbit, Prairie Dogs, and a Golden Mantle Ground Squirrel were all recently spotted in South Dakota and in Wyoming. I snapped these pictures of various (really cute) rodents while on my vacation in Custer State Park, South Dakota and in the magnificent Yellowstone National Park. I saw what looks like a Snow-shoe Hare (?) in its Summer fur at our campground in Hill City, South Dakota. There were plenty of perky Prairie Dogs along the Wildlife Loop Road in Custer State Park. I enjoyed seeing those a lot!
A very swift and oh-so-cute, Golden Mantle Ground Squirrel (the chipmunk-looking rodent) was seen scurrying back and forth on the rocks and trail at one of the overlooks at the Yellowstone National Park’s canyon and Yellowstone Falls. The last little critters I photographed, were a pair of sweet Yellow-belly Marmots that were quite interested in what I was up to. All are furry, beautiful little animals and quite photogenic! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
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!
I shot all of these pictures yesterday in my yard. There were several more birds but I will include pictures of those tomorrow. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Male Northern Cardinal
Female House Finch
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!
I am seeing Cotton-tailed Rabbits in the yards on a daily basis now. There may be three or four living here. They burrow in the ground and also like to go under sheds where it is safe and cool. The Rabbits eat a variety of plants and fruit. So far, the garden is still OK but the bunnies have been into it a bit. I think we will soon build a fence. No hunting for us. I am going to be taking a two-week break from blogging so I will be right back here again on July 1, 2012. 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!