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Oh deer

May 29, 2012

Today Gabrielle and I set out to prepare another banding station, aiming to both clear all the net lanes and then figure out exactly where the nets will be erected: placing the poles in each lane, pounding in the rebar, and  stringing the support ropes.  Except that I forgot the poles were in bundles of 10, and only put one bundle into the back of the truck, instead of the required two.  Oops.

The nets are 12 m long, and we need at least a metre wide path to fit them in.  So dense patches of bush can take quite a bit of time to clear.  We spent a long time at the first net lane, as there were a lot alder branches to clear and a patch of red-osier dogwood we had to take out completely.

Eventually we were ready to determine where the first net pole would go.  I eyeballed a place for the rebar, then glanced at the nearby bushes to see if any of the trunks were strong enough to attach the support rope to.  And that’s when I saw this:

Uh oh!  Poor little guy!  There we had been, mowing down the place like a bunch of crazed moose, and he was curled up waiting for his mom.  We quickly gathered up our tools and equipment and moved on.  We’ll finish that net lane next visit– hopefully Mama picks a difference spot to leave him next time!

Have you had any wildlife encounters lately?

5 Comments leave one →
  1. May 29, 2012 11:54 pm

    Brilliant photo!

  2. jennie frances permalink
    May 30, 2012 5:56 am

    How lucky you are to have come across a fawn. That would have been a nice surprise. I h ope it is in a different spot when you go back.

  3. May 30, 2012 9:32 am

    That is ADORABLE. I’m jealous. Very jealous.

  4. May 30, 2012 10:01 pm

    Today I came upon a raven trying to keep me away from the yellow golfball that he had found. I really wish the camera on my phone had been working!!!

  5. Janet permalink
    June 1, 2012 1:53 pm

    “mowing down the place like a bunch of crazed moose” made me laugh out loud!

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