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.


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


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


A pine siskin on May 16 in Bridgman.


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