This Eastern Cottontail can be found looking for grasses and clovers out in some pasture or shrubby habitat. This cute little guy has long ears, reddish/brown hair and a small white fluffy tail. So, when I think of something leaping . . . I think of the Eastern Cottontail!! Once every 4 years there are 29 days in February instead of 28 days and that extra day is called a leap day (which is this Friday). I would like to think this extra “LEAP” day is more about our hair friend than having spring arriving one day later than normal!
HAPPY LEAP DAY BUNNY LOVERS!
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I totally lost track of this! I love cottontails. Years ago, we had a cat who brought a baby bunny to our doorstep, having caught it out in the nearby field. We took care of “Peter” until he was able to go back to the field. I like to think he survived…
28 February 2008 at 6:40 pm
I love visiting your blog, for education, and GORGEOUS pictures!! The bunny is wonderful!! Guess we have the Mountain Cottontails running through our yard here in Colorado!! HA!! The one that loves to dig up my bulbs looks just like the one in the pictures!! Thanks for sharing!! Trudy
28 February 2008 at 6:59 pm
The rabbits are chewing up our shrubs this snowy winter. And we are getting more snow on Feb 29th. It will be an extra day for this long, long season. Happy Leap Day!
28 February 2008 at 7:01 pm
Tom! Thanks for reminding me and thanks for the adorable bunny pictures. Boy. It sure seems like it’s gonna be a while until we see that much luxuriant green stuff.
28 February 2008 at 7:15 pm
What a cute little bunny! I want the snow to stop-sheesh today -27 with the windchill tomorrow plus 1-crazeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
28 February 2008 at 7:24 pm
@ Rondi – I almost forgot myself but lucky I saw on the news it was tomorrow! Thanks for sharing your Peter situation and my guess it did perfectly well with your help!
@ Trudy – thanks for commenting and I appreciate your visit! You are very kind and guess it doesn’t matter what kind of cottontail you have for them to be digging up bulbs! LOL thanks!
@ Ruth – they sure do and more snow! Actually we are getting some also! Thanks
@ Cathy – glad you remembered and the leap day is something we all can blog about now! I hope spring comes closer than we expect it to!
@ Marg – ya, it was cold today! You know, I could see Toronto from the other side of Lake Ontario today due to those clear cold temperatures today!
28 February 2008 at 7:41 pm
I LOVE bunnies in the fields, just not in my garden. If they are well behaved and don’t eat my flowers, shrubs etc I would welcome them with open arms. Luna however would eat them all.
28 February 2008 at 7:47 pm
Awwww, what a cute little bunny!!! Ahhhh to seeing green plants – what beautiful colors! Happy leap day Tom!
28 February 2008 at 8:26 pm
You could see Toronto?! Wow.
28 February 2008 at 8:30 pm
TOO CUTE. Happy Leap Day, Tom!
28 February 2008 at 8:55 pm
creative title! adorable shots by the way. The last one is exactly why people take a lot of them home for Easter. p.s. I think we had the only bunny that ran away from home. My daughters fed him daily but one day somehow he caught wind that the neighbors had a lady bunny. They lived about 14 acres away from us. The bunny escaped and two days later we found him cuddled up with the girl bunny in our neighbors cage. We let him stay. They offered services we couldn’t. 🙂
28 February 2008 at 9:39 pm
@ Lisa – thanks and they can do a number on the garden!
@ Pam – they are cute little bunnies! Green, color is so nice to see! Shouldn’t be too long!
@ Ruth – on a good clear day sometimes you can in the right spot! They have a few very large buildings! Was waving to marg but I doubt she could see me!
@ Mary – thanks and had to do something cute!
@ aullori – LOL very funny about offering services you couldn’t ! Maybe you could have gotten one of the little ones from the neighbors? I had a neighbor who lost one and it lived under our shed for a while!
Thanks everyone . . I am off to bed!
28 February 2008 at 10:23 pm
Thats it one more day of winter I have to sit thru , thanks for reminding me Tom, its still a cute picture though 🙂
28 February 2008 at 10:24 pm
Sweet photo! I am in New Mexico and thought I’d check in ..hugs NG
28 February 2008 at 10:33 pm
hi Tom, thanks for visiting my site. I am so glad to find yours. My daughter who is in love with all things nature and I are going to enjoy your blog so much…
28 February 2008 at 11:28 pm
Our cottontails are beginning to devote a considerable amount of time to building up their troop levels for their spring offensive on our garden.
Happy Leap Day!
29 February 2008 at 3:47 am
@ Bernie – LOL, I know and thanks for your kind words!
@ Naturegirl – thanks and glad you are checking in!
@ Tania – thanks and thanks for your kind words! It has been nice meeting!
@ Marvin – Look out those troops will be more hungry than ever!
29 February 2008 at 6:57 am
I don’t know what I like better about your pictures…seeing green grass or those cute bunnies!
Happy Leap Day to you also.
29 February 2008 at 7:40 am
The Eastern Cottontail can also be found making a mess of my yard… 🙂
29 February 2008 at 7:44 am
I hope we ‘leap’ into spring sooner rather than later … I am SO ready for the warm weather!
29 February 2008 at 9:41 am
Tom, ‘Fraid your pushing my buttons, and I am a sworn nature lover. I swear I am. But “CUTE” bunnies. ARRRGGGHHH. They are vandals in my garden and more clever than I. Can I ship the lot to your lovely pastures? 🙂
29 February 2008 at 10:28 am
I have an irresistible urge to pet that bunny!
29 February 2008 at 2:29 pm
They’ve been hunkered down this winter. I was out plowing snow a few weeks back and one ran out in front of me about ten o’clock at night! He hopped over the snowbank and was gone. I hoped that no owls saw him!
29 February 2008 at 8:32 pm
@ Ruthie – it’s all good and had to come up with something for Leap Day!
@ Moe – thanks and sounds like it is a problem with many others!
@ Marty – I agree with you and how does it go “out like a lamb”?
@ Barb – we only have to love this day once every four years! But I hear your frustration!
@ Bobbie – very cute but I was just happy to get close to take the picture! They do leap away fast! Thanks!
@ Dave – Thanks for sharing and isn’t it fun seeing these guys! Thanks
29 February 2008 at 11:02 pm
I can’t wait to be seeing them again! Great pictures!!!
1 March 2008 at 8:30 pm
We have lots of those Eastern Cottontails around here and I love them.-They’re funny in the way that they wait till you get a certain distance from them before they decide to take off.
4 March 2008 at 7:37 pm