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Sunday, April 6, 2008

Some of Yesterday's "Visitors to the Hermitage"

A rat bastard, a cardinal, 2 mourning doves & a towhee.
2 indigo buntings. I was so excited to see them again I nearly fell off the deck. (They first showed up last April, but a week later than this year. Ultimately we had a total of 5 of them for a couple of weeks. I hope someday they'll decide to stay.)
This cottontail rabbit was HUGE & loved our delicious clover.

In other news, a Carolina wren (possibly the same one that nested in our chair,) has made a nest in the shed. There are at least 5 eggs in it, too. It's on our tent, so we won't be camping any time soon.

36 comments:

Sidney said...

Great shots. Your spring photos and Miladysa's winter shots really convey the ground the blogosphere covers.

WordVixen said...

I love that cardinal, but I have to admit, the indigo buntings are a gorgeous color. I think I've seen them in my travels before and couldn't figure out what they were.

Rat bastard? Nooooo, is a squirrely! I love squirrelies.

Miladysa said...

This would be lovely blown up and displayed on my wall! lol

Awesome shots Lana.

I LOVE the Indigo Buntings! I hope they stay for you.

I have been over and voted for you at the contest - good luck!

Lana Gramlich said...

Sidney; Thank you. :)

Wordvixen; The indigo buntings were ironic last year, actually. At work I'd just mentioned to a coworker that I'd never seen one, but wished I would. They showed up in our feeding area that very afternoon.
You love squirrelies? You must not have bird feeders. Feel free to come on over & get them. Although I don't mind the squirrels in OTHER places, here at the hermitage they will always be "rat bastards." Sorry.

Lana Gramlich said...

Miladysa; Thanks for the vote & the kind words. :) The indigo buntings may be my favorite Springtime treat. I hope someday maybe we'll see painted buntings out here, too (although they're severely endangered, so chances are fairly slim.)

Donnetta Lee said...

Hi, Lana! I really like the indigo buntings. I don't think I have ever seen them before. They are so striking. We have bunnies in the bushes around here. And hubby found a dead old possum in the back yard a week or so ago. Yuck.
Donnetta

Travis said...

I saw a few bunnies behind my place last summer. I wonder if they'll be back.

They drove Mr Tucker nutty.

Lana Gramlich said...

Donnetta; The buntings are a joy (perhaps especially so as we've only had them for brief period so far.) Charles once found the carcass of a wild pig & called me over. Thing is, he has no sense of smell...

Travis; Bunnies are sweet (& considerably cheaper than our lawn guy.)

Kate S said...

"Rat bastart" - LOL. I had a cat who would have agreed. She and a certain squirrel used to fight all the time. I swear, that squirrel deliberately taunted the cat.

Absolutely wonderful shots. I really like that in the first one, there are all those different birds and the squirrel just hanging out peacefully together.

Blue birdies and the bunny are beautiful too.

Michelle's Spell said...

Love the bunny picture! I see them sometimes in my yard and take it as a good luck symbol. So sweet, their little fluffy faces!

Birdfreak said...

I can NOT wait for Indigo Buntings! I am happy to know they are coming our way soon!

Lana Gramlich said...

Kate; The first picture's a bit of an illusion, actually. Moments later, other rat bastards chased all of the birds away (not to mention that the birds on the ground are looking for seeds the squirrels have already eaten.) We're having major rat bastard problems around here lately.

Michelle; This is the first time I've seen rabbits here, probably because this is the first year we've had such an explosion of clover. I love them, at any rate. So sweet.

Birdfreak; Yes! Keep your eyes peeled. :)

Natral said...

nice pic of the rabbit. lovely blue birds. you had me going for a sec. there lana. i'm like there's an animal called rat bastard? of course i clicked on it. lol. i put the book you recommended on my amazon wish list although i have a canon a540. i would like to peek in it. maybe i should go to barnes and noble for a look. i'm okay with working my own controls, but i dont know everything about this camera.

Lana Gramlich said...

Natral; Thanks. Yes, "rat bastard" is our local name for squirrels. I've given up on trying to be Zen about them.
"Introduction to the Canon PowerShot A570is/A630/A640/A710is" is a DVD. I hope you get as much from it as I did.

ChristineEldin said...

Beautiful pics! We have a cardinal, and it's quite stunning. I've never seen the indigo buntings before. They look gorgeous!

Charles Gramlich said...

I wanted a bite of that clover myself after seeing that wascally wabbit eating it.

2sweetnsaxy said...

Love the pictures! I've had an abundance of birds in my yard lately, mostly because I've been neglect. Now that I've done some weeding I've seen less of them. I have to make sure I post some of those pics soon. My bird aren's as pretty as yours. :-D

Britta Coleman said...

Gorgeous pictures! Those indigo buntings are wonderful. Can you believe we're actually trying to lure squirrels to our backyard with a feeder? What's wrong with me?!

Shauna Roberts said...

Great pictures! I see you and my husband have the same opinion of squirrels. Luckily, there are almost none here, so I don't have to hear him complain about them.

I've never seen an indigo bunting, so especially enjoyed that picture.

This week, we saw two baby bunnies in our yard. They were different sizes, so we may have two separate nests of them. If you think the adults are sweet, you should see the little ones!

Julie at Virtual Nexus said...

Those indigo buntings are an amazing colour. A lot of your birds seem to be more tropical in colour than here - the ones we have are pretty, but fairly subtle.

Love the rabbit - saw some in the snow this morning.

Monique said...

I love it that you call that squirrel a rat bastard.

I had a look at your paintings and they are fantastic Lana, special the woman in the chair. Or the woman's legs.

Dave Coulter said...

I love indigo buntings! There seemed to be a lot of them up here last summer....or maybe I'm getting better at spotting them?

Travis Erwin said...

You know squirrels are quite tasty if they become too big a problem.

Lana Gramlich said...

Christine; The indigo buntings are such a special treat!

Charles; Lord knows there's enough out there for all of us. *L*

2sweetnsaxy; All birds are beautiful & I'd love to see yours!

Britta; Lure rat bastards with a feeder?!? Careful what you wish for! You may rue the day...

Shauna; Thanks. Your husband seems to be a reasonable & wise man. I know about the baby bunnies--my ex & I used to raise rabbits. They're absolutely precious.

Julie; We're in a subtropical climate, which probably explains much of the difference.

Monique; I call's 'em as I sees 'em.
Er...um...the woman's legs? I've never painted a woman's legs. I'm afraid you must be referring to someone else's blog (in this case I suspect Bill Ives'.) The label section (where "my art" is listed,) is toward the very bottom of the sidebar.

Dave; Regardless, let's hear it for the indigo buntings! Yeeeeee hah!

Lana Gramlich said...

Travis; Unfortunately they're not in season right now, but soon enough...

liz said...

Lana!! Indigo Buntings!!!
They are beautiful!
Their color looks like and Easter Egg Blue...just perfect!

Larry said...

I'm a big fan of the Indigo Buntings too.

It almost has a name that sounds like a sports team but I guess it wouldn't be very intimidating to the opposing team-"The Indigo Buntings"-maybe a better name for a music group of some sort.-

Anyway,I'm glad you didn't fall off of your deck. I wouldn't be surpised if you dreamt about falling off of your deck though.-

Lana Gramlich said...

Liz; We love them, too. :)

Larry; The indigo buntings vs. the lions...Yeah, you're right. Doesn't sound intimidating enough. *L*

Michelle's Spell said...

Okay, Lana, the bunny picture is no fair. It's just too adorable for words!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love your pictures!

Lana Gramlich said...

Michelle; Thank you kindly. I had to appreciate the rabbit for posing so sweetly for me. :)

Crayons said...

Wow Lana,
Thos indigo buntings are beautiful. I've never seen one. I read recently that wrens can make their nests in the most impossible and improbably spots.

Lana Gramlich said...

Caroline; I'd never seen an indigo bunting until some showed up last year at this time (migrating through, unfortunately...they didn't stay.)
Our local wrens are so cheeky. They crack me up. They have no qualms about hopping right up to our patio door to look inside & see what's going on. I wonder sometimes if they expect me to open the door for them! It'll be nice to see the young'ns hatch. :)

Greg said...

Wow...what a thrill to see those indigo buntings! I can imagine how excited you were.

Excellent bunny photo!

Lana Gramlich said...

Greg; Thank you. :) Yes, I was very excited & they were back again yesterday!

The Zen Birdfeeder said...

Love those Indigo Buntings too! Still waiting for my first ones of '08.
Congrats on being a wren landlady.

Lana Gramlich said...

Zen Birdfeeder; There were 5 out there today. If it's like last year, they'll all be moving on shortly.
We're greatly looking forward to the baby wrens!

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