Celebrating backyard birds

Sitting in the backyard is so much better than television! Click on pictures to enlarge.

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And, don’t forget the mammals.

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Young ones at the Wakarusa Wetlands

I haven’t been to the Wakarusa Wetlands in about a month. At this time of year, that means a lot of change. I got out there a little late this morning to stay long (just too hot), but I did manage to see some young ones–a bunny, tree swallow, robin, and a yellow-crowned night heron! Click on pictures to enlarge.

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Bountiful Bunnies

We are privileged to have a yard full of rabbits right now. At one time or another, we’ve counted four babies, at least four juveniles, and two adults. It’s wonderful to watch the young ones playing and eating, and eating, and eating. Click on pictures to enlarge.

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Backyard friends

The tree trimmers have been slicing and dicing the neighborhood for a few weeks now. I understand it has to be done around the power lines, but this is so much more than pruning. I’ve been concerned about all those who live in the trees and/or depend on them. I spent some time out in the yard this weekend and was very happy to see most of the usual visitors accounted for. I’m glad this “trimming” isn’t going on during nesting time. I was happy to see our white-headed cardinal friend, though she was too fast this morning for a picture. I did manage to get a couple of pictures of her handsome partner. I also spotted a flicker, red-bellied woodpecker, white-throated sparrow, hungry titmice, and a very curious bunny. Click on pictures to enlarge.

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Rabbit Prayer


We’ve seen this rabbit in our yard and around the neighborhood lately. I am fairly certain she is not wild. I don’t know if someone dumped her, she escaped from somewhere, or someone has been letting her out, but every time I see her, I worry about her.

Dear Rabbit,
I pray that you will be safe
I pray that no one will harm you
and you will find your way
wild or at home
I pray that you will have plenty to eat
I pray that you will have a warm and comfortable place to rest

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Wild Bunny?


We’ve been seeing this cutie for the past few days and wondering if she engineered an escape from somewhere. She doesn’t look like any of the wild rabbits we see around here, but I don’t know a great deal about rabbits. She was hanging out with some of the neighborhood rabbits. She let me get pretty close to take this picture. Click on picture to enlarge.

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