“A Garden Visitor”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
When we first moved to our home we used to see brown rabbits all the time. At that time there were several undeveloped lots around us, but gradually homes were built on them as well as on nearby wooded areas, and the rabbits stopped showing up. It has been years since we have had any of these little brown visitors, but the other day while looking out the kitchen window, my hubby called to me, “Come here! Quick!”
There, at the base of one of our bird feeders was a small brown rabbit. He stayed around for a time and then hopped away. We don’t know where he came from or where he went. The next door neighbors have let an area grow up with a lot of vegetation, but that is an island in the middle of well-kept lawns and gardens, but maybe it is enough for a rabbit to find sanctuary.
I haven’t seen any evidence of rabbit destruction of my plants, though I never saw any before when we had two or three rabbits around. Maybe I don’t grow plants rabbits find tasty. It is nice to see some wildlife returning to this area. We have a ton of birds visiting our feeders and bird baths. Occasionally, we see a raccoon or possum, and earlier this spring a deer came through, which was a first for the neighborhood. I sure hope this doesn’t mean that development has forced these animals to move from the woods to our subdivisions. While I do enjoy seeing these creatures, and dear hubby loves taking their pictures, I also want them to have a natural habitat to live in, the way nature intended.