Posted by: soniahs | September 17, 2013

I’ve moved!

My blog has moved! I’ll now be posting at http://terpsinoe.com/blog/.

I’ll leave this site up, though I’ve disabled comments and won’t be updating it.

Posted by: soniahs | September 8, 2013

Moon and Venus

Astronomy for a Sunday night:

Moon and Venus

Moon and Venus

For more info, go here.

Posted by: soniahs | July 26, 2013

Friday bunnyblogging

Okay, so it’s been quite a while since I’ve updated. While I have some interesting travel posts to discuss, I’ll start with a bunnyblogging post.

…In which Noe does not appear. She’s shedding right now, and looks pretty mangy as a result (not literal mange, not to worry). But she’s not her usual sleek and sparkly self.

So today, I have some photos of a rodent, which is at least similar to a rabbit. This is a squirrel who’s been climbing precariously on the outside of our patio screens for the last few weeks. It’s precarious because we’re on the third floor. While I don’t really want the little beastie clambering all over and doing who knows what, I don’t have the heart to scare it and make it fall off. So I’ve been shooing it away quietly.

Squirrel comes to visit.

Squirrel comes to visit.

This incident was a bit of a first, because the squirrel was licking something off of the patio ledge. No idea what it was. Pretty gross.

Neither the squirrel or Noe (who was napping under the chair) were really too bothered by my presence.

Neither the squirrel or Noe (who was napping under the chair) were really too bothered by my presence.

Posted by: soniahs | June 21, 2013

Friday bunnyblogging

Noe likes her blue ice: it’s nice and cool and a great source of condensation. Sippy bottles are so passe.

Naptime!

Naptime!

Posted by: soniahs | June 7, 2013

Friday bunnyblogging

No one ever told Noe not to stretch out like this right after eating. Must be the kanak attack!

So...sleepy.

So…sleepy.

Posted by: soniahs | May 31, 2013

Friday bunnyblogging

The other day, Noe decided to start a redecorating project after getting her morning pellets.

I was bored, and you hadn't given me a vegetable yet. What was I supposed to do?

I was bored, and you hadn’t given me a vegetable yet. What was I supposed to do?

She managed to completely rearrange the newspaper in the bottom of her cage in about fifteen minutes. If only we could harness her awesome destructive power for good…

Posted by: soniahs | May 28, 2013

Circle Bar B Reserve

I just realized that I’d been remiss in posting some photos from a hike we went on way back in February. Not that I’ve been consistently posting anything but rabbit photos lately, but anyway…

We went on a weekend trip to Tampa in the first part of February (the kittiwake-spotting  trip), and on the way back stopped at the Circle Bar B Reserve in Lakeland. As you might guess from the name, this is a former ranch (and phosphate mining site) that’s been partially turned into a wildlife preserve. It’s a good place for birding, and seemed quite popular on a Sunday afternoon.

Sandhill cranes at Circle Bar B.

Sandhill cranes at Circle Bar B.

I was really hoping to see some fulvous whistling-ducks there. Not only because these are interesting birds in and of themselves, but also how can you resist looking for a bird whose name combines an obscure color with the adorable whistling sounds it makes?

Fulvous.

Fulvous.

Sadly, it was not to be. Even though several families of fulvous whistling-ducks were reported that weekend on eBird (including with infuriating comments like “Really obvious, right by the trail”), we were not able to see any. But we had fun anyway.

Spoonbill in a tree.

Spoonbill in a tree.

We had a nice walk- the weather was quite pleasant- and saw a lot of birds and other wildlife. One of the highlights was a mother gator and her recently-hatched brood of babies. They were clearly acclimated to human attention. We assumed they were pretty close to their former nest site, which was right by the trail. Probably not a bad place for a nest, as long as you can stand the noisy human presence-maybe it helped keep the other adult alligators away.

Gator family. The mother is on the right, and babies on the left. They're pretty well camouflaged.

Gator family. The mother is on the right, and babies on the left. They’re pretty well camouflaged & just look like ridges in the muck.

Circle Bar B includes quite a bit of upland habitat, including some pine flatwoods and oak forest. However, it’s the system of ponds that are exciting to birders. There was quite a variety of wading birds, along with woodpeckers, warblers, and some raptors.

Another gator baby.

Another gator baby.

One of the highlights was a massive black & turkey vulture roost (YMMV). The birds perch in cypresses and pines along both sides of the trail. Since we were there until late afternoon, they were starting to fly in to sleep. It’s neat to hear their feathers swooshing in the wind when you’re close to them.

Limpkin on a tree.

Limpkin on a tree. The spots in the sky weren’t from a dirty lens- they’re swallows.

We also saw quite a few limpkins. These are fairly uncommon big wading birds that eat snails. While they’re solitary, we did see a lot of them in close proximity. I guess it’s good snail habitat.

Limpkin with snail.

Limpkin with snail.

After doing a big loop through the ponds, we swung by a lake before heading back to the car. It was an interesting place to visit, and it would be fun to go back at some point.

Winter day at Circle Bar B.

Winter day at Circle Bar B.

Posted by: soniahs | May 24, 2013

Friday bunnyblogging

Noe loves her neckrubs.

Ahh, yes, right there.

Ahh, yes, right there.

It’s a bit weird that a prey animal with a fairly fragile neck enjoys this so much. I guess we can assume that she trusts us a bit after nearly 11(!) years.

Is that the flash? This is so annoying!

Is that the flash? You are so annoying!

Posted by: soniahs | May 17, 2013

Friday bunnyblogging

Napping up on a chair, but under the table, is the best of both worlds. The “under shelter” and “off the ground” worlds, that is.

Nice comfortable chair.

Nice comfortable chair.

She likes to hop from one chair to the other when the urge strikes.

Posted by: soniahs | May 10, 2013

Friday bunnyblogging

Noe spends a lot of time lounging near the kitchen, where she can get underfoot when she sees us head toward the fridge.

Noe surveys her domain.

Noe surveys her domain.

This spot also has the benefit of keeping an eye (or ear) on most of the apartment. It’s apparently very important to know where the humans are at all times.

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