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Because of weather and work, this afternoon has been the first I have managed out for a look, albeit only an hour or so.
In this time I counted 21 Roe. Managed 2 stalks and never got a shot! the first one was prevented because of the skyline and the second ended when they moved off through the trees and would not stop to offer a shot.
Anyway, the real upside of all this is that despite the weather we have had in the Scottish Borders the deer I saw all looked in really good condition. The light covering of snow in the pictures is nothing compared to what we have had and currently it is up about -2. We had -16 a few weeks ago and a deep snow covering for almost 3 weeks.
Out of those 21 at least 3 does had twins with them. The others were too far away or in a group that made it difficult to tell what was what. The coats looked in superb thick condition with real width across their rumps. All were feeding on what food was poking through and generally behaviour was normal. A young buck I was close to showed no early signs of frost damage to the little growth that was there in his antlers, but I suppose the real picture wont emerge until clean.
All in all a heartening afternoon.