I can’t tell you how often I have accidentally uncovered a bunny nest while in the garden. The nest is usually only an inch or so below the ground surface, tucked under a perennial such as lavender or asters, and only covered with a thin layer of the mother’s fur.
If you find a nest, do not disturb. If you have accidentally disturbed the nest by raking or tidying up, place the fur back on top of the babies.
If the baby bunny has been accidentally handled or touched, still return it to the nest. The greatest myth is that Mama Cottontail will reject the baby if handled by a human. This definitely is not true and the Mama will definitely want her baby back!
Eastern Cottontail mothers do not stay with the nest all day. Rabbits are a prey species, in other words, they are hunted, and she does not want to draw attention to the nest. Cottontail Mamas typically return twice a day, at dusk and at dawn, to feed the babies. She nurses the babies by straddling the nest, so you want to keep everything as it was when you found the nest.
If you are worried because you have not see the Mama return to the nest to feed the babies, lay two pieces of string over the nest in an X shape. If after twenty four hours the string looks disturbed and the babies look plump and well-fed, you can be sure that the nest is not abandoned.
EDITED: To our Cape Ann readers- for bunnies and other small mammals that need rescuing I recommend contacting wildlife rehabilitator Erinn Whitmore.
It has just been pointed out that Erinn Whitmore is away until the fall. Erin Parson Hutchings also does small mammal rehabilitation and she too is a Mass Wildlife licensed rehabber. You can contact Erin through facebook.This tiny Eastern Cottontail was found today by Ari at Wolf Hill, in a nest located in some gravel. She accidentally uncovered the nest while tidying up around the plants.
While Rick and I were kayaking around Gloucester Harbor on Saturday the Ardelle went by as well as the Beautiful Lannon So pretty.
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Jeff Murphy representing in their Cape Pond Ice -Gloucester “Coolest Guys” duds on the spectacular Great Wall of China.
Waiting to be seated at Sugar Magnolias
Enjoying Stacy Boulevard
Pack a picnic dinner, a beach chair, and a blanket and head to the bandstand at Back Beach in Rockport for this week’s Music on the Beach concert.
None other than Satch Kerans will be performing tonight from 6:00-8:00.
Tom “Satch” Kerans wears many hats here in Rockport — husband, father, Little League Coach, member of Town Rights of Way Committee, and we can’t forget he is the front man for the Satch Kerans Band.
If you have never heard the Satch Kerans Band you are in for a Rock & Roll treat. In a feature story that ran about Satch on May 22, 2009, Boston Globe music critic Jonathan Perry wrote, “years after settling into an entirely different identity and new set of priorities – reemerges with some of the best songs he’s ever written… nodded in sound and temperament to his longtime heroes Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan, as well as ex-Dream Syndicate front man Steve Wynn and Mark Knopfler. At the collection’s core was a clutch of sturdy melodies and classic pop structures”.
The Satch Kerans Band has just finished as the opening act for the great Southern band, “The Outlaws”, so get ready for a great night of ROCK.
PS The Legion will have Popcorn, soft drinks and the famous Jimmy’s Sunrise Steamed Hot Dogs for sale this Monday night.
We recently saw Mr. Swan at Niles Pond. It was a very pretty day and I thought he made a lovely picture on the reflective water. I did notice he seems to be showing his age a bit…. in that regard, we have a great deal in common.
Cape Ann Youth Hockey is thrilled to once again be hosting the Bruins Academy Learn to Play hockey program this year for children ages 4-8. Sessions will run Saturdays in October at Talbot Rink, Gloucester. Your $100 registration fee includes four sessions and a full set of equipment valued at $500. You really can’t beat this opportunity. This year’s dates are:
|Oct. 6, 13, 20, 26
Registration is required through the Boston Bruins website at https://learntoplay.nhl.com/bruins
Registration is limited to 60 participants and will fill up quickly. Local folks should take advantage of the pre-sale code!
Promo Code Pre-Sale will go live: July 16 at 10:00 AM. This will allow you to register before the general public. Our unique code is CAPE7
Registration will go live for the general public: July 19 at 10:00 AM.
ENTER THE PROMO CODE IN TOP RIGHT CORNER OF THE WEBSITE, CLICK ENTER, AND THEN FOLLOW PROMPTS (as seen in this photo below).
The Boston Bruins are excited to continue and grow the Bruins Academy Learn to Play Hockey Program presented by Pure Hockey (previously called “Little Bruins”) to help aspiring, youth hockey players develop their skills. For the first time this season, the program is expanding to over 80 locations across New England and over 5,000 youth players will have the opportunity participate. The program is available to boys and girls ages 4-9. For a registration fee of $100, the program includes a full free set of CCM equipment to keep valued at $500 retail, which includes skates, a professional personalized fitting, and four weeks of on-ice instruction led by certified coaches. The Boston Bruins are thrilled to share their passion for hockey with the next generation of hockey players.* This year, $2,500,000(retail value) worth of equipment will be donated through this program. *
Equipment fittings will take place at the six stops of the 2018 Bruins Fan Fest Tour in August and at designated Pure Hockey locations in September. Following the fitting, the gear will be shipped and delivered to participants between August 23 and September 14.