Sick Bunny Heals Up
Mordecai has emerged from the woods, and life with four kids and three bunnies is back to normal again. It was touch-and-go there for a few days, as we were concerned when he stopped eating, drinking, pooing. We knew something was up when he turned his nose to carrots and kibble. He was just sleeping all the time, even more than the usual 15 hours per day.
You’ve heard me say (read me write?) that bunnies are just like little horses. What the vet told me last week confirmed my conclusion. Unlike a horse, however, a bunny will typically recover from colic no worse for the wear with a bit of forced-feeding, laxative, and an intestinal lubricant — to the tune of $300 (yikes!). A horse, on the other hand, might very well lie down and die no matter how much money you throw at it. You can’t possibly force-feed a horse enough to sustain him, and once he lies down…well, it’s pretty much all over then.
horsie bunny. He did not take well to the week-long forced-feeding program.
After a few days, he was back to himself again, and he’s even forgiven me for the medicine trauma we both went through.
From a Springy-Winter…
Before the cold snap came upon us last night, our winter has been rather ‘light.’ Shooting these photos yesterday evening in the dim light that was the storm approaching, I was bundled up in shorts and flip-flops.
Mystery Tree Flowering
Loropetalum Pink Feather Explosion
First of the Wildflowers on an
Unkempt Lawn — Wild Onions
Redbud Tree in Full Blossom
(Even a Few Leaves)
New Fairy Neighbors Take Residence
at the Base of a Pecan Tree
…To a Wintery-Springy-Winter
Is it me, or does this fella need a jacket? The temps dropped from the high 70’s into the mid 30’s overnight, apparently juuuuust what we needed to entice Calliope Hummingbird in to our back porch feeder for a while. This is our first sighting of the year; Angie spotted him in the trees through the classroom window.
Through the same window we all watched in horror earlier in the week as a Cooper’s Hawk swooped in within feet of our eyes to dine on a most unfortunate Mourning Dove. He flew off before I could grab my camera. As the dove is a species who mates for life, I felt particularly mournful for his partner who survived him. Hopefully she will remember to be more watchful out in the open here in the future. In the eyes of the bird-eating hawk, the all-you-can eat bird buffet is always open for business. Watch your backs, little birdies, and stay near the shrubs.
I finally got the chance at photographing this Pileated Woodpecker after hearing his most distinctive call (click it!!) from across the creek. This is the best I could shoot with my lens extended all the way out to the 600mm focal length; as I’ve no time for processing, click on him to see a zoomed view. Here is video I shot — probably of the same guy — juvenile getting fed by a parent from a couple years back. We are fortunate to witness so many bird families raised on our property.
Checking Out Potential Nest Site?
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