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Date Posted: 07:46:54 08/21/06 Mon
Author: Beverly
Subject: I am SUCH a wimp! Part of the reason I chose the eastern shore ...
In reply to: S. K. Dixon 's message, "Re: eastern cottontail companions" on 09:14:19 08/20/06 Sun

(I am SUCH a wimp! Part of the reason I chose the eastern shore ...) is because there are no bear, no poisonous snakes, no coyote, no wolves! (well, on the snakes, there are some poisonous snakes -- copperheads and rattlers -- according to some reports -- but they are rare, and more often found in Western Maryland, if found, at all ... but, I must say it would be very exciting to spot a bear (especially from a GREAT distance!). I hope your Northern flyer visitor will come again, and make himself well known to you! We want pictures!!! :~}

>Every morning and evening we enjoyed watching the
>bunnies run up and down the lane eating blackberries
>and clover blooms and other treats we and nature left
>for them! There were a LOT of them, too--typical
>bunny behavior, I guess!!! LOL! And the chipmunks,
>squirrels, and birds all shared space and food with
>them. If we sat on the back patio, we also saw the
>wild turkeys, deer, raccoons----AND there was a bear
>living in one of the rock caves up the mountain who
>came down low enough with her baby that we got a
>glimpse. Talk about excited! We had been told she
>was there, so of course, we stayed away from her area
>when hiking. We had hummingbirds all day long and
>into dusk fighting over the nectar feeders on the
>front porch--I put up 2; sometimes there would be 4
>feeding at the same time. I never realized that they
>could be so aggressive with each other about feeding,
>but all of our guests enjoyed watching the "War of the
>Hummers" everyday. But the highlight of the summer
>was the northern flying squirrel that I saw only once,
>and that was in the mid-part of May. I did have a
>feeder that was totally chewed up by flyers, but I was
>not able to see which did it. It was hanging in a
>maple tree but far enough away from the house that at
>night it was not visible.
>>(Ahab, my eastern cotontail companion, has been with
>>me ...) since the Spring of 1998. He's now aiming for
>>his ninth year - quite remarkable for a rabbit. He is
>>starting to show his age, but still hops around the
>>house. I was a bit panic stricken, when I had to move
>>him from LI to the Elk River Ranch and Raccoon Refuge,
>>for he'd never, ever been confined. I was afraid that
>>being caged for the drive from LI to Elkton would
>>cause him to have a panic attack, himself, and that it
>>would kill him. I was wrong. He did just fine, and
>>settled in here with no trouble, at all.
>>Here's a picture of Ahab (taken back on LI):
>>href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"> >>src=" >href="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v121/Beverly4He
>a">http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v121/Beverly4Hea >a>
>>ther/72669409sZpIJT_ph.jpg" border="0"
>>alt="Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting">

>>Ahab enjoying a strawberry, while sitting on my lap

>>>Bev ... how did you acquire an eastern cottontail
>>>???? Is it your intention to release him someday or
>>>is he too depended on you...?

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