Saturday, June 04, 2011

The Same, Except Different

Because we are in a quiet open wooded area here in Menahaunt and most people have areas of informal shrubbery as part of their landscaping we see loads of bunnies.  I thought they could be youngsters because of their size and their mottled coats, but it turns out they are something else entirely. These are the New England Cottontail, a rather rare rabbit, and the only native New England rabbit. You'll find more about them here and here. They are considered a vulnerable species, due to a shortage of suitable habitat. It always surprises me to find that species I see loads of are in fact rare, and that I just happen to be in one of the few places where they are plentiful.

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