The Prince with a Thousand Enemies, so says Richard Adams in his remarkable book Watership Down in describing the imaginatively complex social world of the rabbit. We tried to be friendly enough to this Eastern Cottontail rabbit that showed up at the office door as it foraged through the landscaping but instinct is hard to break and eventually it leaped away out of sight. Sylvilagus floridanus where are you?
Have been seeing a lot of rabbits lately during early morning hikes around the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA). All the rabbits seen so far are Eastern Cottontails. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) provides some facts about the Eastern Cottontail: Appearance: The cottontail is grayish-brown with a distinctive white “powder puff” tail. It measures 14 to 17 inches in length and weighs two to four pounds. Habitat: The cottontail rabbit prefers heavy brush, strips of forest, weed […]
The Brownheads, children of the Florida Scrub-Jay couple at the Indian River Club, are growing quickly and are now about the size of their parents. But their main passion is food, which they can’t get enough of, either from their parents or what they can find for themselves like this Brownhead trying unsuccessfully to get this gall off of a Myrtle Oak. The parents know best and bring insects aplenty to the Brownheads who need a big protein boost at […]