The title is a half-hearted humorous attempt to see if Todd’s blog hit strategy works–folks with prurient interests finding me through Google searches. Sadly (um, I guess), I don’t have any pictures this time–unlike when the dog dragged the dead ‘possum out of the barn (that’s one of my top posts of all time, weirdly enough).
But there was carnage in the garden this afternoon–a rabbit had very recently made a nest in the side of my compost pile, and as I was piling on the bolted arugula pulled out of what is now a hot pepper patch, I found six dead baby bunnies–four scattered in the grass and two still in their shallow burrow–all with chest and neck bites.
Not sure what creature might’ve killed all these young ones without consuming them–they were certainly small enough for one of the big garter snakes to tackle, but snakes eat what they kill. I also haven’t seen any feral cats in the gardens this year (probably why the mother rabbit thought it safe to nest where she did).
Cats will kill, but not eat–so will members of the weasel family–though I haven’t seen a weasel around the garden. There are raccoons around (young ones climbing around in the barn this spring), and there are also other rabbits–I’ve seen a couple young jacks this spring–something I’ve not seen here before. Will other rabbits kill each other’s young?
Well, it’s a mystery to me, but I forked the tiny young ones onto the pile along with the bolted arugula and turned the compost again–working them back into the cycle of growth and decay that is the garden process.
I was a little ginger about turning the bottom layers of the pile–thinking perhaps what killed the bunnies might still be lurking there, but there was nothing but millipedes and sow bugs, worms and spiders. And BTW–that compost is looking fine–lots of big chunky matter in there still, but it may be time to screen and spread the brown gold where the spring crops are coming out and summer crops are going in.
Overall I’m not too saddened by these events–it’s not exactly beneficial to my purposes to have a bunch more rabbits right in the garden space, but I would be interested to know what did them in.