The First Fawn of the Spring

He couldn't be more than a few minutes old

He couldn’t be more than a few minutes old

Yesterday we saw our first fawn of the spring.  His mother must have just given birth in the spruce border between our house and our neighbors to the south because the tiny fawn could barely hobble and was still a little wet.  As she exited the trees with the little one, her two fawns from last year, now nearly full grown, came over to sniff him.  The doe chased them away and this seemed to generate much confusion on their part.  This went on for about half an hour and the two fawns of last year finally left and went out of the yard and up the street.  Does nurse their fawns and stash them for the day, returning infrequently to check on them, so we didn’t see the fawn over the day, but in the evening my husband stumbled across the place where he slept and we were able to see him.

Safely stashed for the day

Safely stashed for the day

You must never think a fawn has been abandoned if you make such a discovery, it’s best to leave them alone as the mother knows exactly where she left her fawn(s).  This morning the doe was chasing last year’s fawn away again.  I think the little one has been stashed in our deer resistant plantings to the side of the house.  Deer usually have twins but I think she only had one this year.

We have such a terrible problem with deer browsing in this area and they have nowhere to go with more and more wild places being taken for suburban housing, but I still do love to see the fawns every year.

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    selah said,

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