Southwest Michigan Wildlife columnist for The Herald-Palladium

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A fawn white-tailed deer on May 27 in the yard of Phil and Kathy Manni of St. Joseph Township.

May and June are the peak months during which young white-tailed deer are born. Newborn of the year are called fawns, and over the last few weeks I have received several reports, including some with photos, in the St. Joseph area.

On May 22, Jim Brooks of St. Joseph photographed a white-tailed deer in his neighbor’s yard. Five days later, Phil and Kathy Manni of St. Joseph Township. awoke to find a newborn fawn in their yard, along with its mother. They called their friends Pat and Bob Conrad, who came over and took some photos.

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A newborn fawn white-tailed deer on May 22 in St. Joseph.

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A cerulean warbler on May 16 at Lakeside Road near the Kesling Preserve, Three Oaks Township.

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A pine siskin on May 16 in Bridgman.

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Mute swan adults and cygnets on May 18 on Ox Creek in Benton Harbor.

Jonathan Wuepper is an area naturalist. Report your sightings to him at wuepperj@gmail.com.