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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Warm Weather and Wildlife

Worked all morning and most of the afternoon between the two jobs, but then I had time to take a nice walk. Went 4.75 miles. Thought it was going to be 5, but the last loop I can tack on my road route is more like an extra quarter mile instead of a half. I'll have to walk around that loop twice.

It was 68 degrees with a light breeze and it felt SO good. The critters are loving the fresh greens brought about by the weekend rain and this sun. Not a lot of green yet, but enough. There were squirrels everywhere! Here's a common gray squirrel that held still for me. Squirrels always look worried.

gray squirrel

The best was three rabbits together on a lawn. I got decent pictures of two of them. This one is searching for just the right snack to satisfy the craving for spring greens.

cottontail rabbit

When he decided I was too close, of course he showed me his tail and left, which is why they are called cottontail rabbits.

cottontail rabbit

His playmate just sat quietly beneath a still-gray bush. I enhanced the contrast a little, but you can tell that it would be nearly invisible in this location.

cottontail rabbit

I also saw my first thirteen-lined ground squirrel of the year, but couldn't get a picture. I did get pictures of a lot of very colorful things that hold still nicely. Thought hard about which to feature, but today, the wildlife wins, even if it's very common.

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Lin said...

Isn't it nice to see all the animals so active and hopping about? We have a rabbit in the 'hood....and I think Hobbes has noticed it too. He just likes to look at it....but I still don't trust him.

Secondary Roads said...

I enjoy these walks with you. Interesting discoveries appear each time.

Ann Thompson said...

I like seeing common wildlife. We had a really nice day here on Monday and since then it's been a bit cooler and rain here and there

Karen and Gerard said...

I always enjoy seeing your wildlife pictures. You got really good shots here of the squirrel and rabbit.

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