My folks are in town for a week – the first time I’ve seen them since I left the US in 2019! We’re doing a variety of things while they’re here, but today we went to Bull Island. It’s basically a sandbar that was created when Dublin put up a seawall to help keep river silt out of the harbour. It has become a pleasant dune habitat, with some decidedly marshy bits.
There were a number of birds there, but I only got one halfway-decent picture of a hooded crow that was watching our progress.
Along the way, we noticed a hole in a dune. It looked like a burrow for something, but though we had guesses, we weren’t sure what it was. A little further on, we found this hole.
I respectfully stepped around the little boneyard, and got a closer shot of the burrow entrance. There wasn’t any notable smell, which was surprising. The two most likely culprits would be foxes or badgers, both of which tend to stink up their homes a bit. After further inspection, we found other burrows in the same great big grassy mound, which sounds more like a badger, but Wikipedia doesn’t think there are any living on the island.
Further study needed? Edit: Upon further research, it seems foxes will actually live in groups of three or four adults, and they do leave prey carcasses around their homes. I guess it was just wishful thinking. Foxes are neat and all, but all I need to do to see one is go for a walk after dark around where I live. Badgers, not so much.
We attempted to take a picture to show the scale of the hillock, but because Tegan was standing on the trail, which ran right next to it, it came out looking like she was sitting in the grass, taking a picture of my father and I just standing around.
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