There's a rabbit nest in my dianthus pot!
On my patio, enclosed by my ranch house on three sides, not two feet away from my french doors, in the shade of a container dogwood, a rabbit has built a nest in a 12" clay pot.
I had seen the rabbit wandering around my patio, which I had though strange. I have lots of bunnies all over, but hadn't seen them deep into the patio. I had even seen it munching on the dianthus. I didnt mind since the blooms had faded and I needed to cut it back. I didnt see anything else being eaten so I let things be. Then the other day, as Im watching from my door I see the plants are moving! Not a wind blown kind of moving, but heaving up from below. Then I see a little head with closed eyes poking around from just under the plants.
After a minute of puzzlement - was it a chipmunk, a mouse, alien invaders - I put two and two together and decided it must be baby bunnies.
It doesnt make any sense to me. I have a large yard with a fair amount of shrubs and trees. Rabbits are apparently building nests all over. Why build a nest in a clay pot on the patio? The sight of my two housecats greedily eyeing it from no more then two feet away cannot be a comforting sight to a rabbit. I'm always coming and going through those doors too.
I guess the rabbit knows me since it will eat in the open and barely deigns to move away when I approach. I chased it away from my vegetable garden the other day with a cornstalk in its mouth, which it didn't drop.
Anyway, I watched feeding time today. The rabbit wanders around my group of containers for a while, cats watching closely. Then it hops up on the pot. The little buns crawl out from underneath to feed. I counted 5 or 6, but I couldn't tell since they were crawling over each other the whole time.
After feeding and a bit of cleaning, mom hops off and moves a few feet away to watch and groom herself. The little buns crawl back under my dianthus. Took them about 15 minutes to do so; I thought they'd never fit. Mom hopped back on then, I guess to insepct the nest, and then left.
It doesnt make a lot of sense to me. How could this be a good spot for a nest? Are the little ones going to have to leap the 15" off the top of the pot to the cement? Do they get little parachutes and a crash helmet, or do they bounce real good? Is this a smart bunny or a dumbunny?