mondhasen: (augustus)
I'm in the dog yard with The Huntress this morning, and by golly there is the side-yard rabbit in her favorite corner munching wild rose stems and hips like every other day. She stops when I spot her and just stands still waiting for the dog to start the chase. Bunny does her circle around the trees and bushes and easily outdistances the pup, running past me and out through the fence. Fantastic! I was so worried she was the one on the menu previously.

A couple of hours later I realize there is the driveway rabbit by the truck again, lazily eating apples I had tossed there, and totally ignoring the pup and myself in his dining.

Note: I do not believe this is same as the side-yard rabbit because he usually stays by the driveway near the truck (hence I sometimes call him driveway bunny) while the other is always on the other side of the dog yard near my shed and the woods there.

Regardless, he is alive as well! I don't know where the fox found the other bunny but there have been three here on occasion at mating times.

Another note: I call them by their respective pronouns because of where I usually find the kittens nesting.

So happy! I even got some pictures of a very cooperative driveway bunny.


Driveway bunny? I haven't heard that name in years...

A couple of more pics here on my google site: https://goo.gl/photos/GdnNnd2bc4pS73UZ9

This entry was originally posted at http://moonhare.dreamwidth.org/41388.html.
mondhasen: (moonhare)
The wayward fox has taken one of the rabbits. I saw this, the silhouetted form of the fox emerging from behind some trees with something rabbit-looking hanging from its mouth. Moments earlier we were watching the fox cross among the shrubs and shadows, and it stopped to rummage in some bushes... I went out to the area later on and there were definite signs of a struggle in the snow. So it goes.



original sketch/blog here )

I do not want to appear callous, I just have to remind myself that this is the way of the world. There had been a rabbit in the fenced part of the yard earlier in the morning and the dog didn't see it right away. I watched it for a bit, standing stock still as The Huntress sniffed about, and then the chase was on. I wonder if this was the same little bunny :o(

*sigh* I even made some bad jokes later, that either the fox would appear dragging a deer next, or vice versa. And then came a trio of hawks, gliding above, and while thinking "Ride of the Valkyries" I imagined them hauling off one of the deer as well.

This entry was originally posted at http://moonhare.dreamwidth.org/41147.html.
mondhasen: (mondhasen)
Have I mentioned how much I hate sequels? Probably not, because not all sequels are terrible. Alice Through The Looking Glass was pretty good, actually, though I don't really consider it a sequel more than just another story about Alice's adventures.

Another misleading trailer! ;o)



We also watched this over the holiday. Very enjoyable. My favorite characters were

surprise? )
mondhasen: (Eisbär)
There were deer beyond the dog fence yesterday, although I originally only saw this one to take a pic of. Well hidden in plain sight-

Click to enlarge... there may be another to the right of this one.

The dog saw me taking the picture and talking to this fellow, and she flushed out four more (all of whom lithely sprinted off from her, tails flagged). The fawns have lost their spots and have donned winter camo now.

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In other critter news, the bunnies which have been secretive of late were back in the yard this morning. I spooked two when I tossed out some bread heels for the birds, and The Huntress gave them what for, sliming up the front window in the process. I saw one rabbit yesterday as well, along the side fence, lazily grooming a leg and watching me out of the side of her eye.


And it's Halloween Vacation week for me. I've got a lot of projects to accomplish, but who knows what I'll actually do.

Finally, not a mouse has stirred in the house all week! Either I've blocked all their entries or they have regrouped and are planning another round of attacks ;o)
mondhasen: (Thumper)
This one comes by the house every night now and nibbles grass directly under the living room window. The Huntress is not pleased that bunny ignores her!

mondhasen: (moonhare)
I was telling my son on Monday that all the fireflies disappeared a couple of weeks back after a hellacious rain. I mean totally gone, not one could be seen anywhere on the property. I've never noticed this before, that they'd go before the end of August, so it worried me that maybe there was spraying going on for the ongoing moth invasion, but the moths were still abundant (f'ing moths, literally, hundreds of females on the trees being attended to by hundreds of males...).

So last night I go out the basement door with The Huntress and spook a bunny in the process: the rabbit and I are more surprised than she as pup tears out through the door in pursuit. Of course the rabbit gets clear. But hey, I see a firefly blink... and another, and damned if the whole backyard isn't filling up with their little lights :D Fortuitous?

I also heard a deer chuffing away in the backyard yesterday. We've had a beautiful young buck hanging around and I wonder if it wasn't him.

And rabbits... out front as well as the one in the back. It's probably the same rabbit circling about, but it could also be two separate bunnies. The one out back may have a nest started.

Finally, a most unusual addition to my backyard flora




(click to see full sizes)

It's a Canada Lily, or Meadow Lily: there are three but only one has a bloom. We've never had these before, or I've just never noticed them in the last 50 or so years there... Apparently White-tailed deer love eating these, so this one within the dog's fenced yard should be safe...
mondhasen: (mondhasen)
This time there was a rabbit out front! I was all set to take a photo of her in an iconic profile pose when my eldest decided to go out the front door. I was able to get three pics at least, before she bolted, with one being less fuzzy than the other two



I added a link (click the pic) to the full size picture but it isn't too clear that way.

This bunny has been in a scrap of some sort, judging by the damage to the facing ear. The other pics are here on my google photos site along with some pictures taken in June.

Scooter

Jun. 4th, 2016 08:38 pm
mondhasen: (watchful)
or Scoots!

I have named the rabbit kitten Scooter because of how quickly it disappears when it senses danger. The adults are used to us and just watch carefully, but the baby goes *poof* when it hears noises.

I did get a couple of decent pics of it today, and I posted them to my google photos share, here. Included are two vegetation shots which are where the little fellow vanishes into and presumably lives (I've seen the kit appear from the brush several times).

My favorite photo today-



Click to enlarge and you will see the tell-tale 'white spot' on the forehead indicating that this is an Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus).

Otherwise... I saw our first firefly last night, blinking up in the tree canopy (***-***-***). I love this time of year!
mondhasen: (easter)
I finally got to see one of the baby bunnies out and about: It comes out of a brush pile by the cars and nibbles grass at the edge of the driveway. I haven't seen more than one at a time so it may be the lone survivor of a litter. Here's the only shot I could manage tonight that wasn't blurry or dark (it's expandable)-



We had the mottled rabbit around all day yesterday, grazing by the house. The grass here must be greener than in the fields...
mondhasen: (moonhare)
The Huntress began her frenzied "rabbit rabbit rabbit!" barking and sure enough I saw one of my friends out front. It was the one with stripe-like markings, and with the bridge camera photos I see that some face fur may be missing as well. Regardless, the bunny was most cooperative and let me photograph it from the front steps while it nibbled in the meadow that is my front yard (I can't mow its food supply, now, can I?).



There are a few more pictures, here.
mondhasen: (dream time)
Appropriately titled...



It's as sweet as the last one I brought home, and I suppose I should give the author, Daniel Pinkwater, credit for that ;o) The book even has a video 'trailer' online-



I've also found another bunny illustrator that I like: Katy Hudson. More later...
mondhasen: (easter)
I saw, but didn't buy, this pricey little guy in the store the store the other day-

bunny

What a wonderful job of printing and wrapping! Makes those gold Lindt rabbits look rather plain, though these two are certainly cute!

bunnies
mondhasen: (mondhasen)
So the big rabbit news this leap day wasn't the Google banner



but the announcement by The Royal Mint that they will be producing

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There is a short story and video, here, or you can visit the mint website, here. Be warned! I tried to go on the site at ~12:00 AM GMT, and was put in queue with 5483 folks ahead of me... at midnight!
I can only think it's excitement over Peter and friends :o)


(Expands)
mondhasen: (mondhasen)
My favorite scene from one of the many Christmas Carol adaptations-
(Albert Finney's childhood reminiscence in Scrooge, 1970)



Go figure! ;o)

I have a black fur bunny chaperone similar to that, which I made in 1997.

Would these represent mummers?

mondhasen: (mondhasen)
The bunny reappeared in her form this morning after going missing all day Thursday. Surprisingly she preened a hind foot while I watched, even though she knew I was about. She was settling in a bit the second time I came 'round, and blissfully ignored me even then: she's grown used to me perhaps :o)

I tossed some grapes over the fence further up from her home but on a route she uses to traverse the yard there. Maybe she'll eat them before the birds get them.

I'm glad she's back, too. We had hellacious rains Thursday into Friday morning (enough to take a downspout off the back of the house) and I worried about her safety.

Other news-

- no Leonids seen this year, even on the clear nights, but I did see a Taurid

- we've had a small flock of robins visiting the birdbath these past few days (they probably miss the puddles in the driveway)

- odd story on the skull of the inspiration for Winnie The Pooh...

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mondhasen: (Thumper)
I'm getting this banner when I sign on both of my accounts here:


(Click to expand)

Reading the "open tickets" in lj support this is not isolated to my account. I finally caved and just changed from my hotmail to my gmail account (hotmail considers lj 'spam' *snerk* no more need be said...) otherwise I couldn't post anywhere.

Stuff... the rabbit hasn't returned today to her form out back. Perhaps she's shacking up with some buck? Speaking of bucks, two deer circled the house yesterday, a doe along with a young buck with antler nubs. A flock of turkeys went through the yard as well: but we already have our Butterball frozen turkey blocks purchased :D

And speaking of turkeys, Trump is due in the area for a bit of stumping and Bill Clinton will be in town 12/7 for his contribution to global warming.

Today looks like rain (tut-tut).

Good Form

Nov. 13th, 2015 02:15 pm
mondhasen: (moonhare)
In spring and fall, rabbits use a grass or weed shelter called a "form." The form is a nestlike cavity on the surface of the ground, usually made in dense cover. It gives the rabbit some protection from weather, but is largely used for concealment.*

Veterans Day was rainy and dreary here. As I walked with The Huntress out back I wondered where the deer and bunnies were hunkering down in the wet chill. Musing, I surveyed the brush and I realized there could be animals looking back and I probably couldn't see them with their protective coloration and natural shrewdness... And there I saw a lone rabbit watching me!

This critter was near to the dog's fence, about ten feet from the dog! The Huntress sensed it (that actually gave me the clue to look carefully into the woods) but she didn't see what I did. I watched the bunny for a bit, its fur all damp as it hunched in its form, and decided I shouldn't bother it or I might frighten it off. This was the first time I've ever seen a rabbit in its form, other than the babies the dog dug out.

I've returned to the spot several times over the past couple of days and the rabbit is still 'at home.' Being crepuscular she probably leaves around dusk, but I see her back later in the morning.

I've wanted to get her picture and I finally got a shot of her today! I also included a shot of my auto-focus nightmare due to all the branches.

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*The best 'form' description I could find in a hurry: from http://icwdm.org/handbook/mammals/CottontailRabbits.asp
mondhasen: (halloween)
Got a pic of two rabbits hanging out in the backyard-

Pics )
mondhasen: (moonhare)
It's like Year of the Rabbit around here. We have at least two adults in the area, a mating pair, and their offspring. You see them all around the house, including the fenced-in dogs' back yard. I see other rabbits in other folks' yards while driving to work, and even by work (a young'un in front of the DPW and adults around the School Department and by St. Luke's Church).

Pics )


Needless to say, I'm well pleased :o)

mondhasen: (Eisbär)
From a friend's Twitter post, a fascinating little story in the Hoppington Post. I'm not a major fan of Watership Down (though it is about rabbits, eh?), but the article gives insight about Adams' motivation and I enjoyed that aspect.

I also found the mention of this book, Shardik, interesting: published first in 1974, I never heard of it before the interview, but it sounds like a 'must read' and I've ordered one through the library.

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