I got a dozen or so of my Acer palmatum and Acer shirasawanum seeds to sprout in stratification. I planted them in individual cells and they started popping up.
Since the weather was warming up, I sat the young seedlings outside.
Within 4 hours (!!!!) a #@@*$$# rabbit ate them and even uprooted them. ALL of them. I'm so far beyond p----ed off at this point!!!!
I've got a half-built chicken wire fence that I am completing this weekend, but apparently, not fast enough.
All that and my oak and Aesculus seedlings (most still have the nut attached) were completely left alone. Seems they were more interested in tender sprouts than nuts - and the oaks and buckeyes are to a point where the stems are getting woody, so probably were not appealing to the rabbit.