How strange that Nature does not knock, and yet does not intrude! ~ Emily Dickinson
Suzy and I were on our morning walk and were surprised during the one mile travail to find two bunnies running about. We live near a protected wetland and we are used to seeing all the birds. We’ve even seen coyotes. But the bunnies are rare for the most part.
Living next to large greenbelts can be hard to do. We always strive to find them when we are buying a new house. The last time we purchased our current home, we ended up next to a North Creek preserve with a water retention pond on one side. We were worried about the potential of the pond breeding insects, but because of the frogs, birds, and such, insects have never been a problem.
So every year we get a new crop of baby ducks to peek in on. Breaking our rule to NOT feed wildlife except for with bird feeders, we have been feeding the ducks in the pond cracked corn ONLY during the breeding season. We did this after the first year when we had to fish out dead baby ducklings. That was not fun and something that we did not want to happen again on our watch.
This year some predator got all ten ducklings. One day they were newly hatched and happy and the next day they were mysteriously gone. After 4 years at this location, that was a first for us. Nature can be a brutal place.