Birds, Bunnies and Bugs

At last there has been some time to collect a few shots of what's been going on here at home.  

Although I do not yet know what bird is making a very interesting and unique call each morning, those that are familiar to me seem to be enjoying their space.

This year, thanks to an idea from a close friend, I hung a creation that seems to be an attraction to certain species.

Placing a dollop of grape jelly onto the inexpensive ceramic plate that I simply set inside the cedar bird feeder (both purchased at Ocean State Job Lot) did the trick.  The Catbirds and Orioles love it...both the jelly and juice!

The birds seem very busy this year.  Several pairs of Rose Breasted Grosbeaks, Cardinals and both Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers dart in and out of the woods to and from the feeders.

Spotting a young Dove flying with it's parents, I waited for it to land in the tree across from the deck.  Got it!!

The Gold Finches have been plentiful around here this year as well.

With it being extremely hot, humid and dry everything seemed to need water frequently.  The birdbaths were refilled daily with fresh, clean, cool water for drinking.

And remember those adorable, playful little bunnies that were so cute in the Spring?  Well let me tell you, they are driving me crazy!!  Is it because I no longer have the dogs?  Or is it because the Eagles no longer live next door?  I don't know.  What I do know is I am feeling more and more like Elmer Fudd each evening and each morning when I step outside.  

The other morning, I saw one nibbling near my Butterfly Bush above the stonewall.  Opening the slider and stepping out onto the deck, I then watched it. 

Standing on it's hind legs, it reached up as high as it could, grabbed a Black-Eyed Susan stem and snap it off.  It turned to look at me ad began scampering across the lawn nibbling on the stem once it stopped close to my fence!!

There have been days where I've counted three rabbits in the backyard and fur in the front.  In fact, one evening after Tai Chi when I drove up the gravel road, I think they were having a seminar in my driveway!!

Yet, it's all good, especially when this guy stopped chewing long enough to smile at me on that hot, humid morning. 

Hey, did you know that Dragonflies bite?

just seeing, saying and sharing...

Birds, Bunnies and Bugs

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eileeninmd said…
Hello, I love the bunnies. So cute. Enjoy your day and new week!
eileeninmd said…
PS, thanks for linking up and sharing your post.
Anni said…
Now you have me thinking "Be wary, wary qwiet...I'm hunting wabbits!"

Great photos all of them in the beautiful leaves of Summer ...especially the blue jay & finch.

Thanks for allowing us at I'd Rather B Birdin' to enjoy a piece of you day, birding.
I did not know that dragonflies bite! You got a wonderful photo of this one. The birds were so colorful and that bunny had large ears -- the better to hear his predators!
FAB said…
Hi JP. Great to see the diverse wildlife visiting your garden.

So glad we don't get bunnies here as I guess I would not have any veggies left to eat!!

Dragonflies bite? Yes, in order to eat their prey BUT totally harmless, in my experience, to humans.

Best Wishes … FAB.
Susie said…
Love the bird photos...but that rabbit pic is so darn cute !! I have not seen a grosbeak here since fall. Blessings, xoxo, Susie
I especially like those gentle shadows on the lawn.
Sally Wessely said…
Loved this. The bunny brought a smile to my face and a bit of a little laugh. Great shot!
Angie said…
Lots of activity in your yard …. I suppose we have to take the good with the not so good. Your bunny story makes me a little worried about the hare and the ground squirrels living around our house - since we are going away for three weeks, I am pretty sure they are going to get more confident and come close enough to the house to nibble on/dig around my new plants. Sigh. Out of my control … I will have to try the jelly idea when we return - I would like to see some different varieties of birds!!!
Sylvia said…
JP, I did not know dragonflies bite. How did you find out? They usually keep their distance. Have a great day! Sylvia D.
Unknown said…
My favorite time of year and you have a lot going on in your yard to enjoy...Michelle

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