Rabbits are prey and as such they generally avoid vulnerable situations. Humans are not generally prey, but we also avoid vulnerable situations. Rabbits avoid being out in the open, and nervous people also avoid being out in the open. When a nervous person enters an open field, that nervous person looks around to make sure that the eyes upon them are not the eyes of hawks. We all know what hawks do to rabbits. If I write about this, it's not because I am particularly interested in rabbits but because my gut tells me that by understanding rabbit psychology I can build more effective rabbit deterrents. When a rabbit comes into my open garden, she is putting herself into an unsafe situation. The thought behind this rather minimal rabbit fence is to make a situation that is already unsafe appear to be a touch more unsafe. There are other sources of food nearby, namely alfalfa. The hope is that the rabbit will choose the safer option. I will know soon enough if I have outsmarted my rabbit with this fence. I am not holding my breath.
Speaking of fences, I helped build a fence behind Flying Object this week. The purpose of that fence was to make the back patio more private. A computer nerd company moved into the adjacent building recently, and they brought a squadron of dorky, black Mini Coopers with them, all of them bespangled with the nerd squad's logo. So we erected a privacy fence. The privacy fence will not make the dork mobiles on the other side disappear. It will simply conceal them. My rabbit fence will not actually conceal my collards from the rabbits, but sometimes the gesture toward concealment is enough. How many times have you been walking and come to a fence and thought to yourself, "Well, I guess I'll turn around and head back now"? It is possible that I am overestimating my rabbit's capacity for thought.