It is thought that the rabbits around easter come from Pagan symbolism, representing fertility and new growth. However rabbits do not lay eggs…they are though quite like Hares. Young hares, (leverets), lie hidden in the long grass to avoid detection from predators. Motionless and perfectly camouflaged, the leverets can be found sharing the same space as Lapwings who use similar places to their own eggs. It’s therefore possible that people assumed that hares laid eggs…. This guardian article is interesting on the subject Happy Easter however you celebrate it!

I just adore this painting…by William Blake #Repost from @blakeinsussex … . ‘The Ghost of a Flea’ by #williamblake Circa 1819. . #williamblake #poet #artist #painting #mystic #poetry #spiritual #art #visionary #spirituality #original #romantic #artistlife #paintingaday #mysticism #poetrybooks #spiritual #arthistory #visionaryart #spirituality #blakeinsussex #songsofinnocence #originaldesign #artistsoninstagram #awaken #poemoftheday #sussex #felpham

The Guadalupe caracara or mourning caracara an extinct bird of prey. Described as “evil” and “vicious” it was driven to extinction by a hunting and poisoning campaign led by goat herders on Guadalupe Island. In March 1897, only one bird was encountered,but in 1900 collector Rollo Beck found 11 and preserved nine as scientific specimens. It is possible that he shot the last of the caracaras believing they were common. There was 1 possible sighting in 1903 but by 1906 they certainly extinct. . .

The largest know Cormorant ever to have existed was the spectacled cormorant or Pallas’s cormorant Phalacrocorax perspicillatus it inhabited Bering Island and possibly other places in the Komandorski Islands and the nearby coast of Kamchatka in the far northeast of Russia. It was described as large, clumsy and almost flightless although it was probably reluctant to fly rather than physically unable,  Georg Steller in 1741 write that “they weighed 12–14 pounds, so that one single bird was sufficient for three starving men.” Apparently cormorants are normally unpalatable, Steller said “this bird tasted delicious, particularly when it was cooked in the way of the native Kamtchadals, who encased the whole bird in clay and buried it and baked it in a heated pit” The population declined quickly after further visitors to the area started collecting the birds for food and feathers, reports of whaling grounds and large populations of Arctic foxes and other animals with valuable pelts led to an influx of whalers and fur traders into the region; the last birds were reported to have lived around 1850 on Ariy Rock  islet, off the northwestern tip of Bering Island.