birds, garden creatures

It’s a Wild Life

I’m going to take it as a compliment that wildlife seems to be exploding in my yard this year.  Just a few weeks ago, my wisteria became a temporary housing development for a family of robins.  I can’t believe how quickly this little nest of eggs became a little nest of baby birds.  And they are on their own, not 3 weeks in total.

Last evening I was out tending to a border along my fence when Willis discovered a family of baby bunnies right on the edge of the lawn.  I had no time to teach him to be gentle, that these little creatures were not playtoys.  They did sound like little squeaky toys.  I prefer never to hear that again.

It’s not unusual for rabbits to make their homes right out in the open like that.  The more I thought of this location, the more I realized that predators usually won’t attempt an attack right out in the middle of a yard.  At least that’s the excuse Mr. Google gives for this seemingly careless choice of location, Mama Bunny.

It was surprisingly well hidden right in plain sight!

This isn’t the first time that Willis has brought my attention to some bunny friends.  However, mama moved that nest shortly after his last discovery, or so I choose to believe.

Speaking of that wisteria, I really need to get that vine under control.  Here’s hoping there’s not another family hiding within!

Postscript:  Our little family of bunnies got flooded out of their home shortly after this post was penned.   Thanks to our local Wildlife Rehabilitation Center for the quick call back (on a Friday evening, well after regular hours.  These people are the best!)  They guided us through a rescue effort, and I know that we did all we could to provide these little guys shelter until the Mama Bunny came back to take care.  We tried to save them, but Mother Nature had other plans.

 

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trees

The Stained Glass Bird Feeder

Spent part of the day raking leaves, making some natural mulch for the flower beds.  I rake them up and then run them over with the lawnmower.  Spread and water.  I hear it’s nature’s best mulch, returning 87% of the trees’ nutrients back to the soil.  Ultimate recycling!

I’ve had one lonely bird feeder in the butterfly garden, bought strictly on its beauty and color dynamics.

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I’ve only filled it a couple of times.  According to the Audubon Society, I’ve really placed it in the worst possible location EVER.

Too low – predators can reach it from the ground.

Too little sun – I guess birds appreciate the sunshine for warmth in winter.

Too close to the dog run – Willis would scare the birds away.

So I’ve moved it to a sunnier, higher, out of the dog’s path location, a lower branch of the crabapple tree.  The robins have been feasting on the crabapples and I’m hoping to attract other birds to the yard with this feeder.

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I’m also hoping to get better at capturing photos of the birds.