There weren’t many footprints of park wildlife along the millpond trail. With 5-7″ of powdery snow on the ground, the mammals preferred to stay in their burrows until conditions improved. But some had to venture out to find their evening meal. On return trip to the end of the trail, I found wild Rabbit #2 had hopped onto the boardwalk in search of food. He was drawn to it because it had been plowed.
As I walked toward it, my boots crunched the snow against the wooden deck causing loud sounds to reverberate.. The rabbit responded to the noise by hopping in the other direction until he discovered he was between two sets of humans. A father and young son blocked his escape path. For a moment, he considered scooting under the side rail and jumping six feet down, but decided that was a dangerous solution. Finally, he casually hopped past the father and son as they stood still. Soon, he was back on land where he went about his business of finding dried grasses and twigs to nibble on.