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Re: a weekend of critters


Speaking of bunny babies...
My sister has an old conifer of some sort listing at a 45 degree angle and
wants to take it down b4 it falls on the electrical wires.  She's concerned
about some bunnies that use it as shelter and athe birds, too, and asked me
when the best time would be to take it down.  As to bunnies, I figured
summer  - after the babies have grown, and b4 someone chooses it in fall for
winter protection.  But birds...I don't think any actually nest in it.  What
do you say?

Kitty

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jesse Bell" <silverhawk@flash.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, May 03, 2004 10:24 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] a weekend of critters


> SAME here...rain friday night and most of Saturday. A nest of baby
> bunnies that I accidently disturbed by trimming my forsythia "with
> issues" are all hopping around now. I felt so bad, didn't know they were
> living under my shrub...so I built a new brush pile near by (much to my
> husband's displeasure) and planted some morning glory seeds around it
> (so it won't look so BAD during the summer...it will have green vines
> and flowers all around it) then coaxed the little buggers to live under
> that. My cat caught one of them this weekend!!! I got it before she did
> any damage...thank the Goddess. Found one of it's siblings on my back
> porch and managed to coral it back to the brush pile to hide. Then I
> found ANOTHER one on my "AHS garden"...and chased it over to the brush
> pile. We have hawks that would love to snack on them. Found a nest of
> guinea eggs (14), baby ducks hatched (6), new baby goat born on
> Saturday....all KINDS of wildlife in my yard this weekend. I love it.
> Sp!
>
>  ring is
>  here.
>
> Jess
>
>
> Andrea H <hodgesaa@islc.net> wrote:
> Hi all-spent almost NO time in the garden this weekend, rained and stormed
> since Friday which is a good thing as it hasn't rained in weeks.
Fortunately,
> I was home and walked outside during a lull. Noticed that the cardinal
nest on
> the arbor was askew and 2 eggs on the ground. Didn't see the mother bird.
Both
> eggs were solid, so I put them back in the nest with the one that didn't
fall
> out and then went inside and got some twist ties.. Uprighted the nest and
> bent some more honeysuckle branches underneath it. Tied them off to make
the
> whole thing more study on its platform. Was praying the mother would
return.
> About 2 minutes later she did, hopped on the nest and was sitting there
when
> the storm kicked up again. PHEW!
>
> LAST NIGHT, I was going to grill burgers for a few people. Opened the gas
> grill that's been sitting all winter, and found 3 RATS! Those little
(medium
> size) suckers were building a nest in the grill. Ran them off, and then
fire
> up the gas. The grill was very old and had a whole in it, and got sent
home
> with some friends last night. I told them to take it, or it was going to
the
> dump today. I prefer charcoal anyway. LOL!
>
> Then, after the rat episode, two mallards waddled into the yard. This
never
> happens so I don't know what that was all about. Very pretty male and
female.
> They hung out for a bit and then waddled back to the pond across the
street,
> so, I got a good dose of wildlife this weekend, and it's funny because
that
> was the class I taught Saturday morning. Gardening for Wildlife.
> Coincidence?????
> A
>
> Andrea H
> Beaufort, SC
>
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