I came out of the house one morning last week and found this on our lawn. It is a rather substantial hole, with a few bits of fur at the entrance. I believe it’s an Eastern Cottontail nest – or was. It seems that it was plundered by a predator, either a fox or a coyote, because there’s nothing in it now. Here’s a closer view. I am a very observant person and I am amazed I missed this entire drama: the nest, the kits, and the carnage. I must be losing my edge. Until last summer, our neighborhood had a healthy (and charming) population of foxes that kept the squirrel and rabbit populations in check. Then the foxes left for some reason and we were overrun with rabbits. Maybe the foxes have returned. Being low on the food chain must really suck for the bunnies. Stay tuned.
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