There are baby bunnies out! They are shy and careful. They’re also grown up enough to be out on their own – no longer really babies. Juveniles.A ground nest, one of the odd long billed birds with a body shape that looks like it should be flightless. But isn’t.The chicks have their little wings already. Scampering around. The Silkies have established a favorite sitting vantage point at the top of the ramp. There’s always someone there, overlooking.
All winter the rabbits have been the wrong colour (white), practically glowing against the brown background that the mostly snowless “winter” has been. Now they’ve gone brown again, we get a persistent snow blanket, in March. I hear it is bad for their health, to be the wrong colour. I thought for foxes, but the real threat is owls.
What we don’t know, is if they have the self-awareness to know they are the right or wrong colour for their background, or if they think they’re all camo’d, when they actually look like glow in the dark ghost rabbits. Can’t see me. I’m white.Also, we finally busted a rabbit eating the bird seed. Never seen them do it before. They’ll come strolling through the seed zone, and then chew on a branch or twig. But this one is definitely eating sunflower seeds. This is the one with a notched ear. It had some run in, but survived.
Looks tame, that close, but it’s not. It benefits from proximity to us that its predators won’t risk.
(Us, at the window)
Hey, there’s a big rabbit out here.
Oh, there’s two rabbits!
It’s a chase! Come look, there’s a rabbit chase!
There they go into the woods. Oh, they’re coming out again. They’re chasing each other around in circles!
You know, they don’t seem to be too serious about it. It’s kind of a half-hearted chase. A bit slow.
They’re just going in little circles.
Oh, he caught him!
Oh. They’re humping.
Well, they’re ready for spring.