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Old 05-31-2009, 06:59 AM
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The height of the deer rut is November 15 on average. Inasmuch as the gestation is 200 days the little buggahs ought to fold about June 3. Spindle legs, spots, hungry.
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I dont know about fawns, but the geese and ducks are doing their thing around me. Goslings have hatched, and they dont think anything of wandering into the road, with momma and daddy blocking traffic. Almost whacked a family this morning coming home from work... Ducks must be ready to hatch, if they havent already. Neighbors yard must be the nest site. 2 male mallards standing guard in the street, female in the back yard, lots of noise late night. Once they hatch, momma will lead them across the street, and sure as hell, a duckling or two will fall thru the storm grate. Momma will raise hell until someone calls the cops, who call public works to pull the grate. Ducklings gets rescued, they continue on the way to the water...
You gotta love late spring!
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Good to know: when you see a doe run accross the road don' t look at her but be on guard that there might be skippers behind her.

Yesterday while taking the short cut to my house (dirt road) there was a grouse standing in the road. I stopped she looked at me, I looked at her and suddenly little ones were beating feet across the road in a panic. By little I mean about the size of a child's fist. It sure was cute!
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Merl, surprised the grouse didn't do her broken wing act to lure you away from the youngins. Everything has to be born as early as possible in the spring so to be able to make it thrugh the winter. Turkey poults, about the size of quail, will start hatching out this week also and they too will be spread as to birth date.
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Being on the topic of wild animals and their young...
I learned something about the red fox that is slowly repopulating IBSP about a month or so ago. There are a couple that hang around the gatehouse, and the woman that works mornings named them. I made a comment about the scraggely tail on the one, and she said it was a female. Seems they pull the hair out of the tail to line the nest for the kits. By summer, it grows back and it's hard to tell the differnce between the males and females from a distance.
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ragman... those would be pups, not kits

fawns -> is there an equivalent of venison veal ?

I have a baby rabbit that almost got chopped by my lawnmower, that my wife and daughter insisted we rehab.... first thing I found on the 'wild bunny rehab page' was that "very few rabbits live to reproduce... otherwise New Jersey would be overrun by them"

we will release this little buggah back to the food chain next week.
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I think they are kits.
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ya see? that's why I come here... to learn !

Never knew they would be / could be referred to as kits:

What is a young fox called?

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ya see? that's why I come here... to learn !

Never knew they would be / could be referred to as kits:

What is a young fox called?

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A young fox is called a kit, cub or pup.
And I was going to yell at the Naturalist at IBSP...
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Both terms are correct. In fact there is a whole website dedicated to babie animals terms. Personnaly babies cover it all.
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/sub...albabies.shtml
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I used to go with a girl that was an animal. I called her "Baby". She could get in the back seat of a '51 Ford without opening the doors.
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Goslings are swimming now down here. Saw a family swimming the lagoon yesterday. Ducks aren't quite there yet. Snapping turtles are just biding their time until they go swimming. 6 ducklings swimming along, then suddenly only 5... Just nature at work...
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People are seeing spotted fawns. We are also seeing a lot of juvie chip monks about 2 inches long in the roads. There should also be some turkey poults hatching out this week.
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