Reasonably common as scattered individuals and always browsed to a nub, like this one. Hares or deer? Don't know.
No flowers or buds. Green bushels of rugged stocks growing along the path just as you walk off of the trail from Marsh Island.
Cytisus scoparius, the common broom or Scotch broom, syn. Sarothamnus scoparius, is a perennial leguminous shrub native to western and central Europe. In Britain and Ireland, the standard name is broom, but this name is also used generically for other related species (see broom), and the term common broom is sometimes used for clarification. In other English-speaking countries, the most prevalent common name is Scotch broom (or Scot's broom); English broom is also occasionally used.