Sunday, November 11, 2012

'Tis the Season

I woke up at daylight this morning to movement in the yard.  Five deer were running one after the other, backyard to front, front yard to back.  Three were does, two were bucks.

Halloween is over but not for the does--a buck is her nightmare.  He'll chase her until she's too tired to move and then he'll mount her.  She'll bear hoof marks on her sides for a month and later a swollen belly.

 If the months ahead are hard and dry she'll have a single fawn.  In a good one, twins.  And they'll drink out of our birdbaths, poach the birdseed and munch our plants.

So I'm not too fond of that buck either.

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