Happy Easter everyone! This morning I was out on my 16 mile training run on the trails of Jubilee State Park when I came upon not one but TWO Easter Bunnies. At first I was admittedly a bit startled. Not so much that I would come upon them in the middle of running the woods, but they didn’t exactly fit the model. Sure, both had two rather large ears, but wasn’t expecting them to each have 6 legs, 2 arms and stand 6 feet tall! One of them extended a Happy Easter and then offered me a chocolate rabbit pulled from a leather pouch. “We are playing Easter Ambassadors and offering treats to everyone we see in honor of our Savior’s rising.” I extended my appreciation for the thought, but passed – can’t imagine the gooey mess that would be by the time I finished the run. We said our goodbyes and went our separate ways. Note, this happened at mile 14.5 so assuredly the synapses were experiencing some fatigue, however, the large “U” shapes and the ummm… let’s go with presents left on the rest of the trail provided some evidence to the encounter. By the way, those bunnies must east a LOT! Made it home and thought I would get a post out in recognition of the special day and, of course, relay the events from earlier in the day. Spent a significant amount of time going through the 3+ years of backlogged images only to come up empty – NOT A SINGLE BUNNY PICTURE IN THE QUEUE. At a loss, I decided to hold a Cadbury tryout to see what would be the official substitute for the ’21 Easter Bunny. First up…
WTH, that thing doesn’t even have fur. “..but look at my big cute round eyes and I have Praying right there in my name”. Uhhhh nope. Next.
I have seen the face of evil and it wears a mask. In my quest to rid myself of Public Enemy #1, I overlooked his demon spawn brethren.
That’s right, my latest nuisance is the masked bandit himself (sorry for the flash eyes). Actually I must instead refer to them as bandits since there are about three of them that have taken it upon themselves to terrorize my bird feeders. For the the longest time I could not figure out why my seed kept disappearing so fast. At first I thought the birds were just really hungry, but as time progressed, it kept going down faster and faster. That’s when I noticed these guys coming around.
Sure, they look kind of cute, but they have this feature called opposable thumbs which apparently fuels their passion to climb. It just so happens that my feeders are attached to a tree. Yes, you know where I am heading with this don’t you?
I actually figured my rope approach to hanging the feeders would prevent the little varmints from being able to reach them. Obviously, the squirrels figured out how to navigate this obstacle, but I figured the weight of the raccoon would deter this kind of bad behavior. That would be a big error in judgment based on the fact they apparently took some pointers from monkeys. Check this acrobat move out.
I like this shot a lot for a couple of reasons. First off, it shows exactly how my birdseed is disappearing. It reaches its mischievous little paws into the larger feeder openings and throws it to the ground where his friends are waiting to eagerly to feast. Interestingly enough, only one of the three is ever up in the tree at one time so there must be some kind of short straw thing going on. The other reason I like this shot is it shows the hanging technique it has mastered to defeat my rope system. Check out that back leg latched onto the branch. In case you are having trouble seeing it, here is a closer view.
Please continue reading after the jump. I have a bunch more pictures of this demon spawn.