Sunday, June 12, 2011

Season of the Fawn: Rules of Engagement

all photos by Jonathan Schechter
(photo #1 viewed from barn looking down into my meadow, the next 3 from edge of the meadow near the barn)


Mowing of the field beneath my barn now must wait. We are in the season of the fawn.  A few days
 ago I noticed a pair of ears poking up above the tall grasses. I smiled.
 Today I realized there were two sets of alert ears almost hidden in the grasses and a doe, a doe I
have come to know well the past few months - a creature that accepts me as part of the landscape - 
was loitering at the edge of the woods.  She did not flee.
I went back to the house and armed with my camera I walked out on the creaky old boards of the
barn and slowly stepped over broken boards and gaps until I reached the eastern open side with a view
of the meadow below. One fawn stayed low and out of sight, the other, perhaps in response to my
creaky steps, stood and looked around. (Note how the spots of a fawn offer camouflage)
  The doe was nowhere to be seen.
I know she was near.

Fawns do not get lost.  Yet every year we hear tales of well meaning people trying to rescue a lost 
fawn. The doe stays away from her nearly scentless fawns except to nurse. A coyote, domestic dog,
 or other predator would have to stumble on it to find it, or follow the trampled scented path created
 by humans walking back for a second or third look
The kindness thing you can do for a fawn you encounter is to turn your back and walk away. 
Consider that the rules of engagement. That shows love for and respect of nature's way.

EPILOGUE:  A few minutes after posting this blog I went back outside to see what the ruckus
was; crows were louding calling.  Crows were mobbing a red-tailed hawk. And I was not the only
 one looking towards the tree top noise~!
My twin fawns were at the edge of the barn posed just perfectly. I stayed on my side of the fence
and clicked away! What a great end of the day, for the inquistive fawns and me.

8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome! Great shots!

June 12, 2011 at 9:43 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! What awesome pictures! How fortunate to live amongst such beautiful wildlife.

June 12, 2011 at 10:19 PM 
Anonymous Laurie said...

What a backyard! I am envious!

June 13, 2011 at 1:01 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What great shots! Will they keep their spots until next year?

June 13, 2011 at 8:13 AM 
Blogger Jonathan Schechter said...

In answer to the spots question: No, they won't keep spots-they will fade away this summer as they mature. Deer grow up quickly!

June 13, 2011 at 8:16 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my heart is smiling

June 13, 2011 at 9:57 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. J. Schechter just wanted you (and the Oakland Press) to know that I really enjoy your hiking column/stories in the Oakland Press. I read it every week and plan trips based on your ups and downs of the experience you encountered. We need more good news like this in the paper. Who should I contact to express my opinion to those who make the decisions? Thanks, Lauri in Lake Orion

June 19, 2011 at 9:39 AM 
Blogger Jonathan Schechter said...

Lauri, Happy to read your note! Glad you enjoy the column and blog.
Best bet for contact is the Editor, Glenn (two n's) Gilbert at the oakland press. It is good to let the editorial staff know--that keeps stuf in the paper. A short note to letters to the editor might make it to print as well. Enjoy your day!

(And drop me a direct note if you wish oaknature@aol.com )

jonathan

June 20, 2011 at 9:12 AM 

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