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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Eastern Cottontail: Rabbit Run

A frisky new rabbit has shown up at Bobolink Farm, our NH property. Rabbits are not common where we live, and we haven't seen on in years. The bunny comes out at dusk and races around the lawn, showing amazing speed and agility. All the better to avoid a predator, like a coyote, if necessary.
This is probably an Eastern Cottontail rabbit. Scientists say they're very hard to tell apart in the field from the look-alike, and rarer species, the New England Cottontail. New England Cottontails supposedly do not have a white spot on their forehead. As you can see in the bottom photo, this bunny does.
Meanwhile, we are enjoying the bunny antics. Run, rabbit run. But just stay ot of the garden!!

All photos © Lillian Stokes, 2006

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