Seeing meadow jumping mouse and meadow vole

Both are extremely abundant right now along the first 50 m of Eternal Flame Trail in Chestnut Ridge State Park near Buffalo, New York. I saw 3 and 2 in 15 min starting at 5:15 pm, and heard dozens more. If you go there, walk also the rest of the trail (less than 1 km one-way) to see a natural gas fire behind a waterfall in a nice little canyon.

UPD1: I don’t think the jumping mice will be still there after yesterday’s cold wave. I was really surprised seeing them in November at all: they normally go into hibernation in October.

UPD2: Saw a European hare today in Trillium Woods Provincial Park near Woodstock,  Ontario. They used to be very common in NE USA and SE Canada for a few decades after their introduction, but more recently the only remaining population was in S Ontario, and I’ve heard that it has collapsed following the harsh winters of 2013-2015.

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