We have been blessed (?) hereabouts with a bunch o’ bunnies, thanks to our resident Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus) rabbit, Doonifer. The trusting Doon has produced four wee kits, & when I say ‘wee’, I mean ‘WEE’. Oui, oui. We’ve been observing baby rabbits all our lives, but these may just be the smallest we’ve ever seen. When we first saw them in the myrtle right beside our back door (that door where all the squirrels gather for various nefarious peanut-related purposes) last Sunday (2 June 2013), they weren’t much more than four inches long, & their little ears topped out at about three-quarters of an inch. I did get a few shots, but for the most part, they were hiding (& rummaging) in the thick green myrtle, or if they were visible, they were in constant motion. We think the actual nest is under our front porch… Mother Doon hovers, but on Wednesday last, she went back to the thicket at the back of our property & left the little leapers to themselves. They bounced around in the driveway, in the myrtle & in the lilies-of-the-valley ~ very little fear, certainly not of us, & considerable curiosity about our other denizens including adult & young gray squirrels, herky-jerky red squirrels, big Blue Jays, chipmunks, etc. They all co-exist wonderfully, & the little rabbits don’t vie for peanuts, so they’re welcome, you might say…. Such a menagerie.

Hamburg, NY

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  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteover 1 year ago

    outstanding capture cute as…

  • That was quick… like a bunny, you might say! Many thanks, Julie, & for the favorite. Another bunny pic coming up….

    – artwhiz47

  • Photography  by Mathilde
    Photography b...over 1 year ago

    Just love these cutiepies …oh" sorry mentioned the p word . just love these adorable bunnies – lovely capture Sheila and the write up is fantastic. We have a very young fox that visits the garden most late evenings but haven yet managed a shot of him/her – keep us posted on these little ones :) x

  • Thanks, Mattie. You can call them cutiepies or any number of other things…. They aren’t sensitive to innuendo of any kind. I plan to post another shot soon… but I know from long experience that this littlest of cute phases will be gone like the wind… they grow so fast. I wanted to call this picture ’Li’l Leverets’, but technically speaking, leverets are hares, not rabbits, so I jettisoned the idea. Could’ve gotten away with it I’m sure….

    – artwhiz47

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 1 year ago

    Aaaaawwwww, cute …

  • Thanks, Tom. They are that……

    – artwhiz47

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksover 1 year ago

    It’s wonderful that Mother Doon trusts you so much that she brings her babies to your door ! Gorgeous image Sheila !

  • Cheers, Roy! And thanks for favoring the littles…. A couple of them were around again last evening; they are growing slightly, but are still minute. But they are chomping down various grasses & behaving just like their mum-in-miniature.

    – artwhiz47

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownover 1 year ago

    Peter Rabbit in Farmer whatsits garden!
    There’s gonna be trouble!
    Todays Cute award goes too!
    The Bunnie Pie!
    :o) lol xx

  • Oooh… that would be Farmer McGregor, & we all shudder at the very name. However, the Vaughans are less diabolical. An old cousin of mine, a dedicated & devoted gardener throughout her life, always said (often) ‘Plant twice as much as you need… half for yourself & half for the rabbits.’ Words to live by. Around here, there are plenty of succulent weeds, & the myrtle is so thick that they could munch on it eternally without making a dent. Thanks, Robin. The saga continues. And I am happy to accept the Cute Award on behalf of the mini-buns.

    – artwhiz47

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 1 year ago

    Cutie

  • That they are… cuties one & all. Thanks, Kala!

    – artwhiz47

  • sundawg7
    sundawg7over 1 year ago

    Splendid capture of these WEE ones Sheila. Just hope that slogan hare today and gone tomorrow doesn’t happen. Sorry, couldn’t resist using that. :)) >Ron<

  • I know, I know… that’s a stinker, but I thought of it, too, & you are forgiven. There’s an old joke with the punchline ‘hare today, GOON tomorrow….’ You can figure out the rest of it yourself; loads of possible interpretations. Thanks, Ron. Only one little bun showed up last night, but that doesn’t mean the others aren’t around. But I suspect their chances of making it to full rabbit-hood are questionable… hawks abound, & the infrequent but occasional wandering cat. Owls, too, but not so many. It’s a rough little life.

    – artwhiz47

  • nastruck
    nastruckover 1 year ago

    To cute! Nice captured, art!!!!

  • First time we’ve ever (have lived here almost 40 years) had a batch of baby bunnies this close to the house!! There’d be more photo ops if they’d only Hold Still!! Thanks, H.

    – artwhiz47

  • Deborah Downes
    Deborah Downesover 1 year ago

    Adorable, Sheila. Really love the golden lighting.

  • My husband Ray has taken to calling them ‘dusk bunnies’… a perfect appellation as that is when they tend to appear on the scene. And the light fits the scene, eh? Thanks again, Deb, & for favoring the wee kits!

    – artwhiz47

  • John44
    John44over 1 year ago
    Absolutely wonderful!
  • As I’ve said elsewhere, most of the time these little creatures were in motion… was happy to get this reasonably clear shot! Thank you, John.

    – artwhiz47

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