Monday, October 6, 2008

Parking Lot Wildlife Adventures

It is amazing what you can see when everyone is quite and ‘still’. This adorable little cotton tail lives on the grounds of the school. This wild hare seems to have resigned to co-existing with people and will allow quite slow moving children to get within 2 yards of him before he bolts for cover. He is so cute and adorable at the school but I’m so glad I haven’t seen any signs of him or any of his relatives in my garden. The squirrels, chipmunks and deer are doing enough damage on their own.

On another day the kids noticed the hole in the grass at the edge of the parking lot was “moving”. I repeated the usual warning of not putting their hands into the hole. We watched the leaves wiggle in the hole and caught a glimpse of a small black snake passing through. It was most likely a Elaphe obsoleta snake. The kids were curious what it ate, where it was going and if it would hurt the bunny rabbit. The snake was small enough that the adult bunny was safe.

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