When we lived next door from 2010-2013, we had yard bunnies that lived underneath our house and hung out and about on the yard from time to time. Ellie used to try and scare them off, but they just aren't that scare-able all the time—in fact, once in a while when we're out on Kelpie Patrol we'll see one that stares at her so intensely she'll back away from it and decide not making eye contact is a better solution (we call that particular kind of yard bunny a Frankenbunny, for reasons I can't explain). Maddie even paid tribute to our yard bunnies by adding two to the Great Architecture Project of 2010. We loved our yard bunnies.
Fast forward to our current house: we have ONE yard bunny. She sits in our yard nearly every day for an 8 hour shift. Sometimes she takes the weekend off, sometimes she has a...yard bunny business meeting mid-week for a day, but other than that, same spot, every day, watching our house.
Because googling things that I have no good way of communicating what in the world I'm talking about is a hobby for when I'm waiting for something else, I decided to google this phenomena: "do rabbits watch houses?" "Why is a rabbit staring at my house?" and "rabbits that stay in same place everyday" and I actually came up with surprisingly good results. Like this message board thread, which had me giggling and wanting to defend the poor poster when someone asked "can anyone else see this rabbit?" HA. This was a particularly nice story about an Alabama yard bunny; while it is possible that our own yard bunny is making herself a depression "nest" on which to sit and have babies, there certainly doesn't seem to be any evidence. And, there are apparently people out there who assign way more symbolism to this experience than I do. As far as I can tell, our yard bunny likes to sun herself, occasionally lounge with her back legs stretched out, and most importantly, intently watch to make sure we are staying out of trouble. Every time I go down the steps I look out the window to check if she's there. When I see her, I smile: it's a small (and weird) thing but nice all the same to know on at least a rabbit level, all is right with the world.