Wednesday, August 11, 2010
We haven't seen many deer in the yard this season, but since reading The Hidden Life of Deer (linked to my review -- a great read that I still revisit in my head), I'm even more fascinated by these large gentle graceful creatures, so I was glad to spot these in my yard, and even more sympathetic to them, thus letting them nibble a bit on the morning glory vines -- which they totally destroyed last year. I was wondering why they hadn't been around this year.
After reading the book, I now know that this group of four is probably a family group. The large doe is the mother, the smaller doe is probably her fawn from last year, and the adorable spotted fawns are her twins (right in the middle, who look at a little bigger than they did when separated from the group), born this year. The females usually stay together as a family unit.
They come into our yard without fear. That brown railing you see in the picture above is my deck, shown below for perspective. They are just 15 feet or so from the house.
And where is the dog who enjoys being outside, protecting our home from intruders of the two-legged and four-legged community? Relaxing regally on the front porch, that's where she is: