Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Garden Musings, Rabbit Tales

Bloggers that have followed me for some time know that Lavender Cottage is a certified wildlife habit with the CWF and the NWF. We have no grass in the front or back of our property but have planted trees, shrubs, flowers and grasses - most of them native varieties.
 Although we live in a pocket village in a rural area, there are no longer predators to keep the rabbits in check and they eat my shrubs over winter and emerging plants in the spring.
Even when it means getting on those back legs to reach tasty young leaves on the weeping pussy willow.
This big gal starting hanging around the backyard quite a bit so we'd let the dog out to chase her off, she was wreaking havoc on emerging tulips and hostas. Next door has a large green lawn, perfect for nibbling.
I had no idea there was a nest of 5 babies camouflaged by grasses and rabbit fur in one of the back gardens until our dog sniffed it out one day and they ran out squealing. Hubby grabbed the dog and I captured the babies and put them back in the nest. Poor Topaz had to be tied up while in the back for a couple of weeks so as not to disturb them again.
To honour the commitment of the wildlife habitat certification one has to be lenient with plants being eaten, blue herons eating the goldfish and frogs and tolerant of skunks, raccoons and opossums. 
Babies are something to be protected and I checked these little ones every morning.
 Sunday evening mother rabbit came and fed her babies for the last time. Freedom from the nest which was not very big meant they scampered round and round the area, chasing each other and kicking up their heels. It was endearing to watch from the house.
Before the mother left she tamped down the top of the nest with her paw, a signal I assume that they were not to go in there any more and had to fend for themselves.
 The photos are not too crisp after cropping but the cuteness is evident.
In all the running about these two came from different directions and crashed into each other with one rolling across the stones.
I've not seen any of the babies since Sunday when they left the nest but there is still a presence of bunnies throughout the gardens in concrete and iron, as well as this resin piece that hangs on the privacy fence of our deck sitting area.
~The best ending to a wildlife story is a mystery~
John and Janet Foster

35 comments:

  1. Hello Judith, the baby bunnies are so cute. I can only imagine the damage to your garden, but I love seeing them in my yard. The birds and critters have free range to our yard. Wonderful photos. Enjoy your day and week ahead!

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  2. Oh my goodness, the cuteness is evident indeed! Wonderful photos, Judith!
    This post is very interesting and I learned many things.
    I do see our hares as baddies; it's surprising that with all the greenery there is around, woods and fields, they must come here to eat the most rare and interesting plants. Blimey, I need to surround almost everything with a chicken wire fence this year! :)
    At least the rabbits look much more cute. :) Happy gardening!

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  3. We are just beginning to get rabbits back to our yard too, after one of the cats we had scared them away for many years. Lots to eat here so they don't bother the gardens too much.

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  4. Judith, the baby bunnies are just adorable! You captured some great images. I was very interested to hear the mother tamped down the entrance to the nest so they could not return. Thanks for sharing this fun post!
    Hugs, Beth

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  5. Judith, be still my heart! Love those baby bunnies! I only have one rabbit come around and Fred loves to eat! I still am crazy about him!
    Great post~
    Nancy
    xo

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  6. Frustration and Happiness all rolled into one. How I love bunnies, but not eating my garden for sure. Did you feel like Farmer Mc Gregor?

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  7. Great post.
    Lovely to see those cute bunnies.

    All the best Jan

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  8. Judith, I was laughing about this post, it is the same as in my garden. The little ones are so cute and playing and running around on the grass, but they also play havoc in the garden. As long as there are not 40 rabbits around we tolerate them and enjoy watching them, they feel so happy and free.

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  9. What a great post, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Let's hope all the babies find someone else's garden to nibble on next year and your tulips manage to bloom. :-)

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  10. Judith, your bunnies are so adorable. You caught some wonderful photos of them. It must be disheartening to find some of your plants nibbled however. It is interesting that the mother tamped down the nest so they wouldn't return. I didn't know they did that. One learns something new every day, so they say. I really enjoyed reading this. Enjoy your evening.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  11. You garden sounds like a great place for wildlife, in fact, just like a wonderful Beatrix Potter story book! I hope that all the baby bunnies are alright.

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  12. You certainly can put your Wildlife Habitat sign up proudly having gone above and beyond for those cute bunnies, I'm surprised they choose to nest where there are dogs - obviously Mum was clever and read your sign!
    Wren x

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  13. You are certainly a good tender of the bunnies, Judith! The babies are so cute. I didn't know that the mother bunny tamps down the nest as her signal for them to fend for themselves. I had hostas one year and the bunnies ate them. They also love pansies, so I can't plant those in the ground any more. It makes for an expensive salad for the bunnies! They hop about all over my neighborhood and I saw one munching on grass just this morning. I'm sure Topaz is happy to be free to wander again!

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  14. Prunella being a great Beatrix Potter fan loves your Bunny post.
    They are very cute but can be very destructive too.
    Have a wonderful weekend :)

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  15. This is a wonderful post with really good wildlife photos. Here we have a manageable number of cotton tails. We leave irrigation pipes and tubbing so that they can hide and nest and escape the dog. They even live under the chicken house. There is a warren there now with babies that appear once in a while. I've watched them in late evening chasing and playing in the pasture. They truly are comical. They have always left the garden alone, probably because of the dog. While they are around here in the country, we don't often see(smell) skunks, raccoons or the fox any more . Too much fracking and drilling, I'd guess. It is our duty to nurture nature. My dad never used sprays or powders on the tomatoes, letting the tomato worms have their way. He always said, "Plant an extra tomato plant for them." Have a great week end.

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  16. Oh Judith, how incredibly sweet! We have quite a few rabbits in our yard and I delight in seeing them hop around :) We also get quite a few deer and just last night there was a lovely doe standing in our yard. We have several fruit trees so that tends to draw in the animals.

    Thank you for sharing your darling rabbits with us. They certainly have a wonderful home :) Hugs to you!

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  17. Those little bunnies are so cute!!

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  18. Last year we had two bunnies for the longest time in our yard. I really like coming out and seeing them, but after a few months we did not see them anymore. So far this year I have not seen any either.

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  19. They're darling! What charming photos-
    I didn't know the mothers would tamp down the nest as a sign to move on :)
    love your bunny plaque too!

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  20. That's really neat that your Cottage is a certified wildlife habitat. The bunnies are too cute!

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  21. Wonderful post Judith. I found it interesting how the mother signals that the babies have to leave the nest. Sweet little rabbits, sweet photos. Thanks for sharing them, I'm leaving smiling now :)

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  22. What a mixed blessing the little bunnies are! I remember when we had a family of geese hatch and grow up on our lawn back at Pondside House. I loved to see them, loved the downy little goslings - hated the mess they all left behind!

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  23. What darling photos you've shared, although I must admit to having a love/hate relationship with bunnies.

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  24. I haven't seen in bunnies here for a couple of years but we do have a fox nesting under our barn...probably why we have no bunnies! I also discovered a couple of little mice nesting in the birdhouse I moved to paint...not sure which of us got the biggest scare.
    I am happy to hear you are enjoying your Beauty of Moscow!

    Enjoy your weekend!
    Carolyn

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  25. A lovely post Judith.
    I'm amazed your rabbits are protected.
    A different story here, where they are prolific breeders and reach nuisance numbers and wreck havoc on pastures with their burrows.
    Yours are very cute and bring back memories of Beatrix Potters books!

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  26. Such a love post Judith, the photo's are delightful....The one climbing up into the shrub had me thinking of Peter Rabbit! I do understand your frustration with them eating your precious plants....I have the same thing with both rabbits and the small wallabies called Pademelons.

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  27. The bunnies are so cute. I have a family living under my shed and yes, they do love tulips and the new growth of the flowers. Oh well, there's enough for all of us. hehe

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  28. The bunnies are so cute. I have a family living under my shed and yes, they do love tulips and the new growth of the flowers. Oh well, there's enough for all of us. hehe

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  29. It's always a pleasure and also a bit discouraging when gardeners see those cute little bunnies in their gardens. I'm so glad the mother came back and cared for the babies and that you were able to enjoy their antics for a short while. Any baby animals are so adorable to watch. That's a lovely plaque you have of the rabbits on your fence. I also love the quote by John & Janet Foster. I used to watch their wildlife shows on TV during the 70s. They always saw such amazing things.
    Wendy

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  30. The little bunnies are so cute. I bet you had a lot of fun watching them. I'm glad you were able to maintain their sanctuary until they left the nest.

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  31. How sweet! I read your blog with a smile!
    http://momentsfrozentime.blogspot.nl/

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  32. Great post Judith. Love the bunnies and your wildlife habitat.

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  33. We have many rabbits in our yard, too, Judith. They like to live and nest under the pine trees. Foxes come by to eat their young, so they try to bury them for safety. The itty bitty baby rabbits are so cute! I hope many of them survive!

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  34. They are my favorite...baby bunnies. We had a hidden nest again and saw one baby once the nest was closed. Here we have loads of predators so they don't last long, sadly.

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