Friday, July 28, 2017

Twins

There are always surprises when you live in the woods, and ever evolving ecosystem.  This means that these woods are hardly as natural as they were generations ago. This was unnatural farmland, perhaps owned by a black family, about 80 years ago and has now grown back to woodland complete with invasives and paved roads. My husband even found a broken hand plow from Germany in the woods.  

A change but not uncommon finding was the bottom jaw with tiny teeth of a fawn near our path to the dock.  We had seen buzzards flapping awkwardly onto tree branches in that area, but thought nothing of it as we were packing for a trip. By the time we returned there were just a few bones left beside the jawbones and these were being eaten by beetles. We had not seen any fawns this year and while we have an ongoing battle with the deer eating landscape plants at the driveway entrance, we were also sad not to see the dappled backs of the new young ones with their soft brown inquisitive eyes. Yesterday, while I was making quiche for dinner, I looked out the kitchen window as I often do and saw this young one.



While I went to get my camera and quietly opened the door to the deck, I saw this second one!



Yes, he/she is sticking their tongue out at me. They watched me for a few seconds.  No adult could be seen to snuffle or stamp or flash a tail and warn them, so they just stood.  After a short time, the slightly smaller one of the two turned and decided it was time to retreat back into the safety of the shadows of the trees and was soon followed by the other.



I was glad for the break in cooking and relieved to know that two young ones, who may be on their own, seem to be stable for now.

11 comments:

Studio Maywyn said...

Deer are nice to see when they have an escape route into the woods.
There use to be places around here to see them in the evening, before the more houses were built in their pathways.

joeh said...

Hey are pests, until you miss them.

ellen abbott said...

they are fun to watch but I'm glad I don't have any around here because of my gardens.

Marie Smith said...

Adorable. I hope they escape the predators.

Granny Annie said...

Deer are such delights to watch. My granddaughter visited a while back. She went out the back door and froze. She was eye-to-eye with a deer. They both studied each other and then the deer darted away. My granddaughter came squealing into the den to tell me of this marvelous moment.

messymimi said...

Glad they came for a visit.

Red said...

Fawns always make me stop and look. They're amazing.

The Furry Gnome said...

Always nice to see.

phann son said...

Hey are pests, until you miss them.
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Mage said...

So have you given up planting edibles by the drive? Yes, that would bring a nice smile to my face too.

Snaggle Tooth said...

Good shots! Glad you found some newbies