Thursday, September 9, 2010

No fawn should be this new this late in the year.  She just stood almost in front of the car when I was coming home today, staring at me. We figure she was born maybe a month ago, and fawns like this worry me.  They keep coming later and later, as if this particular grouping has a slightly longer cycle which pushes the fawns to be born later and later.

And amazingly they do manage to survive the winter. I don't really know how, but they do.

When she started to move away I tooted the horn at her, give her a bit of fear of humans to chew on.


  1. Bear cub shambled across the field's edge & into the corn yesterday, eyeballing me suspiciously over his shoulder as he went.

    Soon enough, the Vee, honking southward overhead, eh?

  2. oh yes, and the crows gathering to migrate four miles south or 30 miles west, and the chickadees voices changing from summer sweet to the familiar dee-dee-dee of winter. But it's the geese, rowing south, that take me by the shoulders, every time.
    When they go over you can't ignore them. Suddenly you know that barking sound is not a dog, but geese, flying high and fast...

    Havent seen a bear yet up here, although we have seen the signs. Im still waiting for that one.

  3. Cute fawn, I saw one yesterday about the same size and deer season starts in only a couple months. Your fawn will be plenty big enough by winter.

  4. Harvey, you live much further south than I do. Think about how early you can plant tomatoes, how early in the season you harvest them.

    It's the same way with animals. Usually our fawns start appearing with mom in early June. anything born later than that may have a slight edge over its bigger cousins, as to size and food needs in the winter, but any fawn born in early August will be going into winter weather showing faint spots, and in all likelihood still nursing. Winter comes early here. Usually November, and sometimes a bit of warning in late October.

    I expect a good frost any time now and would be surprised if we made it past september without one. And when you have a winter (whoever said 'mild NH winter' about last year must have been smoking something) as we did last year and the year before, with temps well below zero and snow up to your thighs, it takes a lot out of all the wildllife. Babies born too late in the year really don't have a lot of chance. By the time we get winter weather, this little guy will be less than four months old. yikes.

  5. I love that picture. For the traffic hazard the present, deer in the daytime are a delight, at night they are like loose cattle grazing on the roadside. Wild turkey are competing with them or grazing space around here.


  6. we're lucky up here, we're the only traffic hazard they have, and there's room enough for them all, including the wild turkeys. Our gang of 11 is still together, at least two or three days a week when I go out, there they are gleaning across the field, or checking out acorns halfway down the road...

    One good thing, they don't generally eat the same stuff as deer, since deer go for grass and trees and apples, and the turkeys are more of the mast and seed persuasion. They fit together pretty well up here, I just hold my breath during turkey season, and then deer season, and some hard winters I never draw a breath at all.