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Motherless Fawn Update

Motherless Fawn Update

Do you remember the motherless fawn? It arrived alone one day in mid-November, spent time with a buck after the rut ended, and left with a flood of deer on their way to their winter feeding grounds. I hoped she would leave with the others. With coyotes and bobcats in the area I knew a lone fawn didn’t stay much chance of surviving the winter. I’ve been watching for her since I put the game cameras out last week. It…

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Short-tailed Weasel – Living With Wildlife

Short-tailed Weasel – Living With Wildlife

Wildlife stories galore. I have three updates from the homestead and photos away from the homestead and I don’t know where to start. I’ll start here on the homestead. hmm…how about cute? Let’s go with cute first. Remember Slinky? Another ermine, called a stoat as well as short-tailed weasel when dressed in their summer coats, spent part of the winter slipping into the sun porch to hunt mice. I’ve been feeding her, of course. Two weeks ago she struggled to…

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Deer in April

Deer in April

The deer are back! Even before the food plot we had deer in April. I thought they returned a couple of weeks ago because I noticed damage to the apple trees. Looking at the damage up close, I realized it was old, probably January before they left for their winter feeding grounds. I couldn’t find tracks in the mud, fresh nibbles to the trees or any hair from their winter coats. As always, when I pass a window on the…

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Wild Black Ducks – Visitors on the Homestead

Wild Black Ducks – Visitors on the Homestead

Wild Black Ducks I looked out the window this morning to see if the deer might be in the food plot and spotted a pair of wild black ducks. It’s not unusual to have wild ducks here this time of year. There isn’t any open water for them other than flooded spots like our field. Our Khaki Campbells and Runners were in their pen. I took the camera out and sneaked around the shed to get a few shots. Later,…

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Motherless – Fawn Alone

Motherless – Fawn Alone

Motherless She showed up alone one night. I didn’t think much of it because does and fawns don’t stay close together all the time. Her mother was simply in another part of the food plot or out by the pond I imagined. It was November and there weren’t a lot of deer in the plot. A doe with twins came to the plot one day, just one day. She had bobcat scratches from her nose down the side of her…

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Black Bear in the Food Plot – Often

Black Bear in the Food Plot – Often

Black Bear in the Food Plot This bear. He’s quite a character. I saw he though I don’t know this to be true, it could be a sow for all I really know. We’ll see if “he” comes back with cubs next year. I watched this bear on the next to last night I sat over bait. There were trees between us until it got to be too dark to make an ethical shot. I snapped a twig to scare…

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When Raccoons Fight – My day started at 1:40 am

When Raccoons Fight – My day started at 1:40 am

When Raccoons Fight My day started at 1:40 am with growling, hissing, snarling and a noise so eerie it creeped me out. We’re having a problem with a bobcat hanging around. That’s unusual, they’re not normally close to the house until February of bad winters. Bobcat came to mind first as I leaped out of bed and went to the window to listen. “I think the cat got a fawn…” I yelled a couple of times, “Hey!” and temporarily silenced…

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Spotted Fawns – How do they lose their spots?

Spotted Fawns – How do they lose their spots?

Spotted Fawns “You know what I’d like to have here,” I asked my husband, Steve. “A food plot. We have the strip in the orchard the deer like but I’d really like to have a small food plot behind the back left corner of the clearing..” He agreed and we went to work cutting down trees, and by “we” I mean I cut a few small trees and he did the rest of the work. In mid-July (2016) a bulldozer…

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Painted Turtles – Living With Wildlife

Painted Turtles – Living With Wildlife

This is an article on painted turtles I wrote for Focus On Wildlife, my column for Maine Woodland Owners. Painted Turtles Painted turtles seem to be everywhere in May and June. We see them in and on the sides of the road often in June while females are digging nests and laying eggs. They’re the most wide-spread native turtle in the United States, and the four sub-species cover the country. The painted turtle is a pond turtle with a 15-million-year…

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Fawn: Food Plot – Living With Wildlife

Fawn: Food Plot – Living With Wildlife

Fawn in the Food Plot Good morning! It’s a beautiful, cool morning here on the homestead. It feels more like September than July this week. It was 48° when I looked out at 4:45 am. Here’s an awwwww to start you’re day. This little buck fawn runs like a thoroughbred through the then-tall grass (Steve mowed since this was taken) while his mom grazes. Do you know how I know it’s a buck? Can you tell? We think this fawn…

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