We had a good stiff wind come through, and quite a number of kiwi fruits came off the vine. I collect them up. Some are good for the table, some are good for sheep treats. And some, I notice, have been nibbled.
More than nibbled… Someone has been taking good servings of pre-dawn fruit portions from the garden, tidily sampling their way from one berry to another.
Hmm, I think as I go through the gate in the morning, I wonder who that is? And I think it could be raccoon, ‘possum, squirrel… but this morning we had a new snowfall again, and the suspect left her tracks behind:
It’s the rabbit who often picks up fruit drops in the orchard. If you haven’t seen rabbit tracks before, the above might not look like a give-away: a three-legged rabbit? But if you think about how a rabbit gets along, it will be clear: the two marks at the top of the picture are the hind toes of the rabbit coming down ahead of the close-together front toes.
I think ours is the little Western Brush Rabbit, Sylvilagus bachmani. She will be mating next month, and I imagine she’s filling herself with every delicacy she can find right now.
Elmer: Oh boy!! Wabbit twacks!!
(Go here: Wabbit Season to actually hear Elmer talk about rabbit tracks.)