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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16 Responses to The Rabbit And The Sparrows

  1. birdlady612 says:

    Hi Sarah, your photos are absolutely beautiful- so crisp and clear!

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Karen πŸ™‚

      Thanks for visiting and your kindness! I am happy you enjoyed seeing the rabbit and the sparrows. πŸ™‚ I have been having fun watching them each morning. The sparrows have so much energy! πŸ™‚

  2. Jet Eliot says:

    Such a lovely post, Sarah. Thanks very much for giving us a view of the peaceful winter marsh scene. The cottontail is so beautiful, and the American tree sparrows are a dapper sparrow. Wonderful to hear of your food gifts, observations, and wintry activities. And how delightful to hear the northern Cardinal in the audio clip, thank you.

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Jet πŸ™‚

      Thanks for visiting and your kindness! I am happy you enjoyed seeing the marsh and its current residents. πŸ™‚ I love the American tree sparrows! They are so energetic and perky even in the cold weather chattering to one another, flying this way and that, and hopping about searching for the right seeds. πŸ™‚ And then, they take a break and catch some sun on the sunny days or disappear into the shelter of the marsh on the cloudy days. The rabbits are usually too shy to come out into the open when I am there. This one ventured out ever so slowly and started eating keeping an eye on me all the while. I was really excited when I heard the cardinal sing for the first time this year. I have heard one a few times since then. The cardinals are spreading the word that spring is near! πŸ™‚

  3. zirah1 says:

    So much fun to see the rabbit’s mouth/face when chewing. The animals are fortunate to have you leaving treats for them when the weather is so cold.

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Zirah πŸ™‚

      Thanks for visiting and your kindness! I am happy you had fun watching the rabbit video. πŸ™‚ It makes me laugh every time I watch it. Funny bunny rabbit! I was lucky to take the video. Most of the days, the rabbits have scampered off when I walk by.

      I figure the birds and the rabbits need the extra boost this time of year like the rest of us. I have been putting a sock bird feeder on one of the pine trees on the edge of the park for the finches as well. I have seen gold finches eating the seeds, but not the house finches. They might be when I am not there. A female house finch stopped on the post of my balcony railing last week when the weather was warmer to chirp and look around. πŸ™‚ I heard her chirping and looked out my window. She didn’t fly away instantly like the birds usually do.

  4. Shady_Grady says:

    Very nice pictures of the rabbit. I wonder if the rabbit was watching when you put the food down.

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Shady πŸ™‚

      Thanks for visiting and your kindness! I am happy you liked seeing the rabbit. πŸ™‚ He could have been watching me from inside the cattail reeds. I have seen at least 3 rabbits at one time near or in the marsh. Last year’s reeds are still thick because there hasn’t been a lot of snow this year. When the snow is heavy, it weighs the reeds down and they break and fall over. I put the bird seed and the carrots by the marsh because I knew from past years that the birds visit and I saw rabbit tracks around the marsh when there was snow on the ground. I can see paths into the reeds which look like rabbit paths. I put the carrots on the end of one of those a little further east of where I leave the bird seed. Other years, I have seen muskrats in the marsh, but not this year. I think I saw muskrat tracks on the pond which is south of the marsh when the ice was covered with snow. I haven’t seen the rabbits eat the carrots, but the carrots disappear each day. They do like the bird seed! πŸ™‚

  5. simonbowler says:

    Excellent sharp clear photos nice work Awesome

    • Sarah says:

      Hi πŸ™‚

      Thanks for visiting and your kindness! I am happy you liked seeing the rabbit and the sparrows. πŸ™‚ They are keeping me amused while I wait for spring to arrive. I was happy the rabbit trusted me enough to cautiously leave the safety of the marsh reeds and come out where I could see him.

  6. Incredible photos, Sarah!! How sharp and clear they are! Really enjoyed listening to the videos. There is a lot of birdsong for it being only winter. Thank you for this awesome post!!! πŸ’ž

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Amy πŸ™‚

      Thanks for visiting and your kindness! I am happy you enjoyed the visit with the rabbit and the sparrows. πŸ™‚ The chirping you hear in the videos is from the cheerful sparrows flying between the bird seed and the safety of the marsh reeds. πŸ™‚ It took a few days after I started leaving the bird seed for them to find it. I have only missed one day since I started two weeks ago and that was Monday when there was rain and then freezing rain. The rabbits found the carrots and likely the bird seed right away. I think at least 3 rabbits are living this winter in the marsh while the water is frozen. I saw their tracks going in and out and around the last time it snowed. There is another storm of snow and maybe mixed precipitation in progress. I have a few bags of bird seed left and picked up a few more bags of carrots yesterday. I am going to keep leaving the treats until the weather warms up a bit. I figure they could use the extra nutrition. It warms my heart to hear the sparrows chirping and see them flocking to the food. πŸ™‚ Every few days, I have heard the happy song of a cardinal coming from somewhere in the tall trees.

      • I’m sure all those who you are helping really appreciate it, Sarah. Those Blessings shall return unto you! May your day be a glorious one!!! 😘

        • Sarah says:

          My reward is seeing the enthusiasm and excitement of the sparrows while they gather up the seeds and the cute and tentative rabbits gingerly come out of hiding to sample the treats. πŸ™‚ I pick up the energy of the little sparrows and it gets the day off to a good start. I didn’t see the rabbits this morning. The sparrows were busy and happy. πŸ™‚ I hope you have a wonderful day as well! πŸ™‚ ❀

    • Sarah says:

      Hi πŸ™‚

      Thanks for visiting and your kindness! I am happy you liked seeing the rabbit and the sparrows. πŸ™‚ They are keeping me company while I wait for spring to arrive.

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