Holes

IMG_1696 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. IMG_1695 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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About dirtynailz

Writer for a daily newspaper, gardener, tree hugger, orchid-grower, photographer, animal lover, hiker, wilderness seeker. Proponent of clover in the lawn and a dog on the bed.
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4 Responses to Holes

  1. Yup, that must really suck for the bunnies! The circle of life, and all that 🙂

    We have a lot of rabbits around here, and there are some regulars that hang around my backyard. I’ve had to fence off certain plants that they really enjoy. These little critters keep me busy!

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    • dirtynailz says:

      I have fencing around my raised beds, but they aren’t a big problems for me. Of course now that I wrote that they’ll be a plague…

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  2. Shawn says:

    Aww the poor bunnies. I do agree that it is a part of the circle of life but its still sad to think of a whole litter of baby rabbits being digested. Maybe in my imagination I can believe that they escaped like they do in all of those Disney movies.

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