We've had some brutally cold arctic weather the last couple of weeks. Yesterday it was minus 15 in our garage when my husband went out to start his vehicle. That's been hard on the critters. We have a rabbit that lives in the big evergreen bush behind the house and about half a dozen squirrels that make our hundred-year-old Spruce trees in the unfenced side yard their home.
Our bungalow - in warmer weather.
Of course, there are always the Cardinals, finches and a few doves that make their home in the top of a neighbor's old garage that has fallen into disrepair after they passed away and it awaits probate and sale. I've been feeding them, and putting out water, not so much they forget how to forage but enough to help. Just watching "peanut wars" from the dining room window is entertainment enough.
The sideyard in warmer weather - the original homeowners
bought two lots when the Bungalow was built so we have a side yard
and room for a driveway and garage, not typical in the city.
The bunny wasn't joining in the fun until a few nights ago when he hopped out of the fenced yard over to the bird feeders to eat some spilled seed. I knew he had to be pretty hungry to leave the safety of the fenced yard as we have hawks, owls, and coyotes around due to the nearness to the forest preserve. The next night he was out at the same time, right at dusk, sitting by the feeder under the tree out of sight of any winged predators. The night before last I went out with some spinach and shredded carrot. He didn't hop away and just watched me from a few feet away while I set it under the bird feeders.
Last night he was there right on time as I put out some Alfalfa Pellets I got from Chewy. I'd barely walked away when he hopped over and started to chow down.
This morning it was a balmy 14 and the sun was peaking through the scattered snow showers.
As I went out the rabbit was waiting under the tree, the squirrels were watching and birds were fluttering over my head.
I felt like Snow White in that scene from the movie.
Stay warm and safe my friends.