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Kenoza Lake - June 5

Susan Brown Otto - Community Correspondent
Posted 6/4/20

Greetings to all! I love hearing from readers of this column. This past week I heard from two people.

First, former Jeffersonville resident Roger Busing, who told me that he recalls when Pucky …

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Kenoza Lake - June 5

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Greetings to all! I love hearing from readers of this column. This past week I heard from two people.

First, former Jeffersonville resident Roger Busing, who told me that he recalls when Pucky Huddle Road was not a dead-end road and how it connected to Browntown Road, County Road 115. Also, Kristina Snedeker tells me that she has Indigo Buntings, also Baltimore Orioles making a nest in her yard.

Baby news! I am “over the moon” and happy to announce the birth of two new additions to my family. I am once again, a grand aunt. Janine (nee Neumann and daughter of my sister Nancy Neumann and Ed Neumann) and John Garigliano had a baby boy earlier this week, Luke James. On the very same day, my nephew Gordon (son of my sister Ginny Brown and Mike Davis) and his wife Jenna Davis are the proud parents of a little girl, Emily Grace. All babies, mothers and dads are doing well.

Our White-tail deer had now lost their dull, winter coats and are now sporting their beautiful, reddish-brown colored summer coats. Cirino and Barbara Bruno had a bear visit them this past week.

The Canada Geese that were hatched along Burr Road, at Krantz's pond, are growing up so fast! The parents have done a wonderful job. So far, no baby turkey sightings. My husband Ray and I were happy to see our red fox kits back at our Pucky Huddle residence.

They were near some adult deer and full of the devil. I watched a doe chase an adult, red fox, probably because the fox got too close to a nearby fawn.

One of the things I love about living here in Sullivan County, is the change of seasons. This is the time of year when we have the annual parade of flowers. The first flower being the snow drops, then daffodils, forsythia, quince, tulips, apple blossoms and lilacs. A glorious parade! As we are now in June, this is the month when we see buttercups, daisies, paint brushes and my favorite flowers, the peony!

This is the time of the year when most people can say that they have now seen a fawn. I have seen more than a handful now and fortunately have one living at the upper corner of the Otto residence lawn. I checked on some fawn trivia and came across the below, that I would like to share with you.

Craig Dougherty wrote an interesting article about fawns, entitled “Whitetail Facts: 16 Things to Know About Fawns”. It was published on May 24, 2013 and it appeared in Outdoor Life.

“Within the next two weeks 75 to 80 percent of this year's fawns will be on the ground. Here are a few fawn facts to lay on your hunting buddies:

1. Does drop their fawns approximately 200 days after conception

2. Fawns average 6-8 lbs. at birth

3. Does bred as fawns (last year's) typically have a single fawn.

4. Does bred as 1.5 year old and older typically have twins and occasionally triplets

5. Newborn fawns typically can stand and nurse within 30 minutes

6. Fawns are capable of walking within a few hours

7. Does generally move their fawns away from the birthing site within 3 hours

8. Does with twins typically stash them in thick cover in separate locations

9. Does usually remain within 100 yards of their fawns

10. Fawns spend 90 percent of their time bedded for the first weeks of their lives

11. Newborn fawns typically nurse 2 to 3 times daily; increasing to 6 to 8 times over time

12. Nursing times average 20 to 30 minutes

13. A 3-week-old fawn can outrun most danger

14. Twins are usually reunited and bed close to each other by 3-4 weeks of age

15. Fawns begin eating vegetation at 2-3 weeks of age

16. The average number of spots on a fawn is 300.”

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