Friday, May 15, 2009

A suprise sighting

I had a suprise sighting this morning. I was just eating my breakfast and watching the birds from the kitchen window when a roe deer ambled up the field towards the house. It was a doe and she was looking about, seemingly for somewhere quiet & hidden to have her young. Females can often be seen now doing this. Does are monoestrous, meaning they have one breeding cyle a year. After delayed implantation they usually give birth the following June after a 10 month gestation period. Typically they have two spotted fawns of opposite sexes. The fawns are hidden in a secret place away from predators and they are suckled by their mother several times a day for around three months.

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