Mammal Encounters

Surprise encounters with the wonderful world of mammals must be shared, even if there is no particular theme to tie it all together!

Serious birders know that a slice of orange attracts orioles to backyard feeders. My orioles are still singing and foraging in the tree tops!

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Cottontail at rest in the protective cover of a fencerow thicket

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This groundhog was caught off guard and didn’t have a clear path to its den. It hid under a log, then came out to see if I was still a threat. Had I been a fox or coyote, it would have been dinner.

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The gestation period for White-tailed Deer is about 200 days. This doe will soon be giving birth to a fawn or two. The lush herbaceous vegetation of stream bottoms is preferred habitat for fawning.

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Photos by NB Hunter. © All Rights Reserved.

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7 thoughts on “Mammal Encounters

  1. Great shots! Love the doe and her reflection and the groundhog. We don’t have groundhogs here. They are so adorable, as is the chipmunk and rabbit. Just lovely, Nick.

    • Thanks Liz. Yes, you’re absolutely right about that. I just received an email with a photo of a fawn, no more than a day or two old. Heading out tomorrow morning, rain or shine!

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