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Thursday, 19 December 2013

Roe Deer barking

Sat here at my laptop at home in Skircoat I heard a repeated, monotonous bark in the dark garden or the wood. At first I thought it was a fox, but it got louder and it didn't sound quite like a fox.

I did a search for "Roe Deer barking" and there is a u-tube clip of one making exactly same noise in the daytime in someone's garden.

There is some danger of male deer being aggressive to people when they are rutting.

It's the male fox that barks. The vixen lets out a blood-curdling scream worse than anything in a horror film!

A female Roe deer from Shibden Valley

1 comment:

Steve Blacksmith said...

I have since learned that the Roe Deer Rut is in late summer; August/Sept.

It was barking even louder the following night. It got me out of bed as it seemed to be in the road at the front, but I think it was in the churchyard and its call was echoing around, boosted by the acoustics of the buildings. Each "bark" is stretched out a bit, unlike that of a dog or male fox.