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Eastern Cottontail

Sylvilagus floridanus


What I believe to be an Eastern Cottontail Rabbit


Near a frozen lake where a small area is kept open from my neighbor's geothermal heat pump, under bird feeders or feeder trees, within a city block of woods, marsh and farm fields


Feeding on fallen bird seed (black-oil sunflower seed, niger thistle and safflower seed), often seen coming out of hiding from around our stacked docking or out from under one of our neighbor's decks. I've also seen them in our back lot where marshland meets compost piles and mowed grasses with various trees (Oak, Pine, Maple, Birch, etc...). In previous winters I'd see their tracks in the snow but this was the first winter I've seen them out during the day in the middle of winter. This has been a winter with colder-than-normal temperatures and more snowfall than average so that may play a part in why I'm finally seeing them, not just their fleeting, midnight tracks.

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Minnesota, USA

Spotted on Jan 23, 2014
Submitted on Mar 1, 2014

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