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Mystery Photo: Eastern Cottontail Rabbit Nest

6-27-13 cottontails by Noreen Anderson IMG_0407There were some extraordinarily creative guesses for this Mystery Photo, with several correct ones that identified the cottontail rabbit nest pictured yesterday. Two species of cottontails can be found in New England – the common Eastern Cottontail Rabbit and the increasingly scarce New England Cottontail Rabbit. Although the two species are very difficult to tell apart, young New England Cottontails usually have a black spot between their ears and never a white spot, which makes this nest that of an Eastern Cottontail. The female rabbit digs a nest hole about four inches deep and up to eight inches long, usually in grass or thickets where it is well concealed. She lines it with grass and fur plucked from her body. After her 3 – 9 young are born, she covers the nest with her fur and dry grasses and leaves the are in order not to draw attention to the nest. She returns at night to feed the young, squatting over the nest while her young reach up to nurse. Unlike hares, rabbits are born blind with only a sparse covering of hair and remain in the nest from three to five weeks, when the white blaze on their forehead starts to disappear. Snowshoe hares are born with eyes open, fully furred and disperse from the nest soon after birth. (Thanks to Noreen Anderson for photo.)

8 responses

  1. Gipson, Ilene

    Hi Jane,
    Hope you had fun at newfound found lake! Gordy and Ellie are here and Ellie would like to get Mary Hollands Naturally curios . I tried to find out how to add her to the l it’s but can’t figure it out. Her e-mail address is.
    Could you do that for me?
    Many thanks,

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    June 27, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    • Ilene and Jane, to receive my post every day, you just click on the “Sign Me Up!” box.

      June 27, 2013 at 1:48 pm

  2. so sweet!

    June 27, 2013 at 4:02 pm

  3. clydo1946 .

    Dear Mary, My cat kindly brought me a snake last night. It was one I haven’t seen though Bruce said he saw a larger one in the garden. It was black with an orange/yellow belly and a yellow ring just behind the head. Can you enlighten me as to the species. Clyde

    June 28, 2013 at 11:05 am

  4. Hi – I could not figure out how to use the link you provided to change my email address.

    Effective now my email address is

    Thanks for making the change.


    June 29, 2013 at 3:29 am

    • Dave, I’m so sorry, but I have no control over that end of things with the blog. You’ll have to somehow communicate with WordPress about this, which is easier said than done. Perhaps you could just rejoin with your new email address? So sorry.

      June 29, 2013 at 12:49 pm

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