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May 1, 2013 / Rae Spencer

More Photos from the Yard

Squirrel April 24

A few months ago, the yard’s squirrels were pairing off and building nests. Now the male squirrels have returned to their solitary ways, and the females are busy raising their young. Earlier this week, one of the females brought three kittens along when she visited the feeder.

Squirrel April 29

While she ate, her kittens zipped around the yard. They raced up and down the fence, over and under benches and planters, exploring every corner of every flower bed.

Squirrel April 29

After the little family moved on, a larger, solitary squirrel ambled through. It ate until the feeder was empty, paused for a sip of water, then spent several minutes marking the fence. It marked the entire perimeter of the yard, and I wondered if the behavior was territorial or simply a form of communication.

Squirrel April 29

I haven’t seen the kittens again, but I’ve been adding an extra handful of seed to the feeder each morning, hoping they will return. The other squirrels have noticed my generosity.

Squirrel May 1

Squirrel May 1

While the squirrels are getting more numerous, the rabbits seem to be waning in number. So I was happy, this afternoon, when an adult rabbit stopped by for a bath and a nap in one of the corner flower beds.

Rabbit May 1

Rabbit May 1

Rabbit May 1

I can’t help getting excited when I see a rabbit resting in the yard. Maybe there will be another nest soon, and more babies?

Or maybe the rabbit simply needed a quiet place to nap, and the only nests I’ll find in May will belong to the robins…

Robin May 1

6 Comments

  1. Stacie / May 6 2013 8:18 AM

    Gorgeous pictures! I love rabbits!

  2. Jacquie / May 7 2013 12:30 AM

    I’m really enjoying the images on your blog (especially the birds, and those frozen in flight bees)!

  3. bardessdmdenton / May 19 2013 4:07 PM

    How wonderful to watch the squirrel kittens … with their straggly little tails! We have lots of squirrels but I have never seen their babies. Another enjoyable post, Rae. Thanks for sharing! XO

    • Rae Spencer / May 19 2013 4:24 PM

      I missed the best moment, when all three kittens lined up in a row as they followed their mother along the top of the fence. They were so unbearably cute that I couldn’t look away long enough to focus my camera!

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