The Rabbit And The Sparrows

For the last two weeks, I have left bird seed and carrots in the park next door. I put them in two places along the southern edge of the marsh. Then, I walk for exercise and to look around the park. I stop by the marsh on the way home to watch the American tree sparrows and the rabbits who have found the food while I was gone.

The camera has been left at home except for last Wednesday. I hesitate to bring the camera out in the cold weather. I couldn’t resist recording the antics of the rabbits and the cheerful sparrows, though.

The American tree sparrows are winter visitors. In the spring, they return to the far north to raise their young.

If you listen closely to the audio of the rabbit video, you will hear a northern cardinal singing in the background. I heard one sing for the first time this year a week ago Sunday, February 11th.

American tree sparrows by the marsh, Iowa, February 14, 2018.

An American tree sparrow in the marsh, Iowa, February 14, 2018.

A cottontail rabbit in the marsh, Iowa, February 14, 2018.

A cottontail rabbit eating bird seed in the marsh, Iowa, February 14, 2018.

A cottontail rabbit eating bird seed in the marsh, Iowa, February 14, 2018. American tree sparrows chirp and a northern cardinal sings in the background.

An American tree sparrow eating bird seed in the marsh, Iowa, February 14, 2018.

An American tree sparrow eating bird seed near the marsh, Iowa, February 14, 2018.

An American tree sparrow perched on a cattail in the marsh, Iowa, February 14, 2018.

Take care and thanks for reading.

Sarah

 

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