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|A newly born black-tailed deer fawn lies nearly hidden in the tall grass of a hazelnut orchard on a farm near Elkton in rural southwestern Oregon. Wildlife experts believe fawns re purposely left alone by their mothers. Female deer, called does, stay away from the fawns to avoid leading predators to their location.|
|A golden-crowned sparrow feeds on plum blossoms on a raining morning near Elkton in rural southwestern Oregon. According to allaboutbirds.com, this sparrow is one of the least known of our songbirds, particularly on its northern breeding grounds. Miners in the Yukon at the turn of the twentieth century woefully referred to the golden-crowned sparrow as the “no gold here” bird, because its song resembled that depressing phrase.|