16 May, 2010

Spring! Bunnies In The Garden!!

Our Spring planting has been coming along fine. New things planted last fall are poking up, added a couple of new ones and even a surprise or two. Seems the bulbs previous owners planted, years ago, are just now coming up. Due to the fact Joanne has worked the yard so much, moving things and making room for older bulbs to start growing. Anyway . . . some of the yard work has pretty much come to a standstill.  Oh, work is happening in front and in the side, our Moon Garden, but the backyard is pretty much on hold. Reason you ask> Bunnies!!!

Seems a momma rabbit, in her wisdom, decided to put her nest in the middle of the backyard . . dog or no dog, it appears. Nest was discovered after Joanne ran over it with the power lawn mower! Thankfully the nest was deep enough and the babies small enough no one was harmed! Thinking I saw a bit of fluff or whatever I started to pick it up, wanting the lawn to look nice. Much to my surprise there were squirming little pink bodies! Bunnies! Covered them up right a way. Sure enough, momma came by at dusk to feed them. She comes by every day, pretty much at the same time, to feed then takes off until the next day. Of course Maggie, the dog, has lost backyard privileges by herself until the babies are on their own and gone. Maggie is too curious about them. I don't think she would hurt them as they are now about the size of kittens but you can never tell.

It's a lot of fun watching them every day at dusk. Bunnies are nowhere to be found during the day, although we do suspect they head for the fence between out yard and the neighbor. It's covered with our flowers and their hostas and bridal veil bushes, providing a lot of cover and protection from the rain.

Every evening, toward dusk, the babies gather under our picnic table or some corner of the yard. Tumbling over each other, then sit very still and quiet, waiting for mom. She appears but spends some time eating grass and dandelions. Then she makes a sound, or call that we can't hear, and out come the babies! Running, or hopping, to momma, jumping and tumbling over each other in the process. They appear to tackle mom and they dive under her to start nursing. It's such a cute sight. There is momma, trying to stand tall as all six babies try to fit under her at the same time, on their backs little legs kicking in the air. She preens each one, touching to make sure they are OK, I guess. Then momma jumps away and the babies scamper to the fence and protection of the yard. Momma hangs around a few more minutes then is gone till the next day. She comes around later and later in the day, I think she is starting to wean them, although watching them eat clover and grasses I think they can pretty much take care of themselves pretty soon. We will surely miss them but it will be nice to have our yard back. I think Maggie misses our afternoons . . she dozes in the sunshine while I read.


Joanne said...

I don't think Maggie is missing the backyard too much. It's been really cold for either of you to be lounging in the sun. ;-)

Tonia said...

How sweet! Not the brightest momma, leaving them in the middle of the yard, but perhaps she WAS smart because she chose to leave them with people who would sacrifice the back yard until the bunnies are grown.

I know gardeners hate bunnies, but I think they're so cute. OTOH, if you saw my back yard, you'd know I'm not a gardener. ;-)

Jean Martha said...

So adorable!