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Spring

Gosh, it´s been too long – I´ve been so busy!  It´s garden and greenhouse time – very busy.  Everyone is well, the piglets are no longer -lets, just pigs, the bees are busy, the hens are entertaining and entertained.  I have lots to share…but for now, a glimpse:

The bunnies are grazing in the field alongside the hens and robins.  They are almost all brown- some have tufts of white fur that haven´t fallen out yet, making them distinguishable.  There´s always a rabbit around with a frond of greenery hanging out of its mouth.  Low-speed chases happen – I suspect they are mating chases.

 

Sometimes I accidentally count the bunnies in with the guinea fowl.

The guineas stick closer to home than I initially expected.

And traveling as a pack, which I love.  They´re all friends.

They can really get into a good dust bath too.

The dust bath is the most popular activity of the season, now that there are warm sunny days to laze around in and  wile away the hours sticking a leg out awkwardly…

This is the guinea spot in the woods, right by our path.  I suspect she´s laying her eggs here.  Can you see all three?

This is the hen who thinks she´s a Silkie, always hangin´ with the fluffballs.

The Silkie tribe is becoming adventuresome (safety in numbers?), and every day venture a little farther into the woods to skritch in the leaves, or come a few feet farther down the path to the house.

Led by their intrepid leader, the Colonel:

The bees are full team ahead hauling in pollen. (I meant “steam”, but that makes more sense)

Returning a soggy bee to the hive, incoming bees use my hand for a landing strip.

bird feeder sightings

Can you see the rabbit?  Right of center.  The rabbits are light grey now, very cute.

The squirrels are regular patrons, and I even saw a vole out on top of the snow harvesting.  It ran down the hole in the snow around a trunk of tree.

Squirrels, rabbits, birds and voles – It’s a regular multi-class buffet around the bird feeder these days.  The dog wants a handful of Spitz at every feeder filling too  – nomnomnom.

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What? We’re birds!

 

 

Bunnies!

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I was snipping down scrub in the field when there was a rustling at my feet and IMGP6583tiny brown furballs came scuffling into view.  I thought they were voles I’d disturbed at first.  Then I caught one and brought it to H.W.

Adorable!  Too small to be perturbed about capture, they were just happy to be warm and held.   They were in a little bowl of a nest in the grass.  I always thought rabbits had their young underground, that that’s what warrens were for.

We caught the rest, H.W. fortified their little area so we wouldn’t walk over it accidentally again, and we put them back. Since then we’ve avoided them, so we don’t know how they did, or if mama was too scared to come back to them.  We’ve seen rabbits around, though- big brown robust rabbits, nearly like jackrabbits.

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Each of them had a little white tuft between the ears.

 

Quails and rabbits, oh my.

There’s been a quail family around this summer, with an impressive group of young (about 9).  Turns out that’s merely the low side of average for a quail family, but I’m still impressed with Mum, scurrying a wide zigzag herding all those little quailings.  The chicks are constantly running in all directions and being corralled back into a group. Quails are funny to start with with their pear shaped bodies, head decorations, and preference for speedwalking.

This family has three adults attending the chicks, and it’s always fun to catch them on the road.  Hard to catch on camera though.

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Now the chicks are all being herded down the shoulder into the scrub.

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We have rabbits too, always rabbits.  Especially morning and evening rabbits.  Scampering across the road, running along (OMG, a fence!) and diving into the brambles.  We were watching a mama rabbit one evening in the backyard, right under the deck, and a pile of creeping, fluffy bunnies, so little they just push themselves along on their bellies with their back legs.

The mama rabbit sat up, arching her back and  bracing herself on long outstretched forepaws, as all the little bunnies pushed and clambered their way under her to nurse.  Then as if they’d been told to do it, they all scooted up to the base of a tree and burrowed under the loose leaves, hiding themselves completely, and mama went on eating in the back yard.  Adorable!  We didn’t take pictures because a) we didn’t know then that that was our only baby rabbit sighting of the year, and b) didn’t want to move and interrupt them.

Here’s an unrelated rabbit, one that happens to live in the median between a highway and a parking lot:

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