Did you know that Michigan is known as “The Trails State?” Not all of those rustic or asphalt pathways are bunny trails however.
I’ve not seen any bunnies at Council Point Park since last Summer. Then they will magically appear once the dandelions and clover carpet the grass. I do see lots of bunnies in the ‘hood, including Chloe Cottontail who enjoys her simple hideaway, a/k/a as The Cottontail She-Shed. You might recall how poor Chloe looked during the Winter as she hunkered down in a homeowner’s front yard. I captured that image, poor Chloe likely shivering away under that coat of fur, exposed to not only the elements, but any raptor that might be gliding overhead.
Now that the blanket of snow is gone, I still see her sometimes. Yes, her brown fur blends into the still blah-colored landscape and similarly colored grass.
Because Chloe had gone for a wee hop to find breakfast and left her hideaway unattended, leave it to me to take liberties and I trespassed onto this homeowner’s property a wee bit to capture this image of Chloe’s digs, admittedly, not much in the way of warmth or protection.
I will be checking the lawn on my daily walks to see if maybe there are young’uns, since Cottontails nest from late March through September.
Will the real Easter Bunny please stand up and take a bow?
Last year Easter was on April 12th. The weekend before I agonized over whether I should suspend my walking regimen at Council Point Park as COVID-19 raged, spiking stats here in the Mitten State and across the nation. I decided to take a pause, then did eventually return, but put the camera away to eliminate fussing with my hands about my face.
To that end, I missed doling out the usual goodies to the squirrels at the Park. So, since I strive not to sully my title of “Peanut and Snack Angel” my mission was to ramp up their 2021 Easter treats.
Making treats … just a hint of drama for this venture.
I’ve skipped the images of the prep involved in making Easter cookies for two reasons. I have been giving them Nutter Butter sandwich cookies over the last year – same treats, same decorative icing and then nuts jammed into the icing to look and taste appealing. This is the finished result.
The cookie-decorating process was not without incident however. The *&^$ lid on the icing tube is always difficult to pull off and this time was no exception. You have to knead the tube, then supposedly twist off the cap. Nope – that didn’t happen, so I had to snip the cap with scissors to access the icing. When wiping off the scissor blades, I sliced into my pinky finger. I had already put the icing tubes on a napkin near the cookies and they began oozing pink and yellow icing all over the counter, simultaneously with the blood which was oozing out of my finger. Oh no! I ran to the sink to wash my hands and was appalled at the depth of the cut. In trying to staunch the bleeding, out of the corner of my eye I noticed the icing making a slow crawl along the edge of the napkin and onto the countertop. Half an hour later, with icing ooze and bleeding stopped, it was finally cookie-decorating time. Originally I planned to decorate two dozen walnuts with a few swipes of icing to look like festive eggs, but decided to serve them plain instead. I gave the cookies 24 hours to completely dry, then set out to be the Easter Bunny.
Along the proverbial trail …
Well you know I have two locales within the Park where I feed the squirrels and birds. Here is the first stop … The Safe Haven Tree.
I had brought along a Ziploc bag of leftover pecans to treat the Chickadees, Jays, Cardinals and Rex, the Red-Bellied Woodpecker (who unfortunately was a no-show that day).
I spread the treats under the tree, then watched and waited, but it was NOT a hoppin’ place for a few minutes.
Walnuts are always savored by my furry friends, even sans pink and yellow icing flourishes.
This sweet Chickadee pondered over pecans versus sunflower seeds and opted for the tried-and-true black oilers.
The squirrels glommed onto the peanuts and sunflower seeds, but I got a blurry picture of Fluff making a quick getaway with a cookie.
Meanwhile, across the Park at the stump and fallen log alcove …
I spread out the treats …
… soon a squirrel or two or three popped up to scope out their favorite snacks. Looks like someone had already snatched a cookie when I wasn’t looking.
Several Jays and Cardinals zipped over and scammed a peanut or two from the squirrels. (There were also some unwelcome guests helping themselves to the treats and I have pictures of those intruders and they will be the subject of a future post.)
The cookies were given the “sniff test” …
… then finally disappeared, but only after the peanuts and sunflower seeds were gone.
I hope you got tasty treats for Easter too. Happy Easter to my Peeps! Click here for a greeting from me to you.