Yesterday, in addition to more sunflower seeds, I bought a small bag of rabbit pellets from the local livestock feed store. I've gotten rather attached to my cotton-tail neighbour and wanted to give it a special treat.
To keep the birds from interfering, I waited until dusk and then put out portions of sunflower seeds, rabbit pellets and peanuts. Soon bunny arrived at the buffet. It completely ignored the commercial rabbit pellets and the peanuts. For about fifteen minutes it munched on the sunflower seeds and then hopped over to where I had put carrot slices and ate a few of those. At dawn this morning, the pile of sunflower seeds had been reduced but the other two courses had been shunned. As bluejays became active, the peanuts soon vanished! The pellets remain untouched.
|Bugs Bunny may love carrots, but this Cotton-tail merely finds them okay.|
|What stations do you pick up with those alert rabbit ears?|
|Rabbit pellets and peanuts are shunned by this picky diner.|
|Is everything to your satisfaction here, Sir or Madame?|
|Those peanuts really hit the spot! May I have some more please?|
|A White-Breasted Nuthatch announces that an owl hides within.|
|When the coast is clear, the owl appears and squints through partly closed eyes.|
|This morning's thermometer reading. Not exactly balmy, is it?|
|Hand-knitted by a skilled and generous cousin, these wool-blend socks are pure luxury!!|