Friday, May 20, 2011

Nature Notes: Babes in the Woods

Are You My Mommy?

I spotted a doe from my office window and noticed something small and furry lurching along just behind her. Groundhog, maybe? That would be strange...

I grabbed my binoculars and was delighted to see that she had a newborn fawn that was clearly taking its very first steps.

Don't Wake the Baby

She settled her little one against the pasture fence and left it there. (Deer do that - she'll be back.) Once she was out of sight, I went out with my camera for some close-ups, being careful not to frighten the little guy into standing up. Their only defense at this age is to stay hidden and still, so I shot through the fence instead of entering the pasture. And when he lifted his head I left.

Curled up, he was no bigger than my cat. Granted, Gatsby's a hefty kitty, but still.

Wait For Me, Mom

This is why we let the grass grow tall wherever we can. This weedy pasture is a relatively safe place for baby deer and turkey chicks, provided a coyote doesn't happen along.

Update: We decided not to spray the dandelions, though they have become a plague. In her comment, Joco recommended eating them. I did give that a go, but they were pretty awful. Much too bitter for us. Maybe they make better wine? There's a thought.


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13 comments:

Kiki aka Victoria said...

Wow...magical..thanks for sharing such a beautiful post!
Victoria

Denise said...

Oh how adorable! I would just love that experience. So glad you saw that sweet little fawn.

Carver said...

I love the shots of the baby. So beautiful!

Another idea for the dandelions, make necklaces with them. Just a thought.

Debbie said...

what an awesome sight, it's just amazing to see the whole circle of life thing.

the fawn is beautiful, so glad you were able to capture it and share it with us.

i bought the humming bird feeder from you last post, also mentioned your blog in mine. hope i have as much luck with it.

have a wonderful weekend. xo

Vilisi@islandmusings said...

Beautiful and precious. :)

eileeninmd said...

How cute, and what a cool sighting. I just love seeing the spotted babies. Great shots, have a great weekend.

Linda Myers said...

Thanks for leaving the grass long for the baby's hiding place.

Rambling Woods said...

How precious that baby is...just waiting like rabbits do too..

A piece of news said...

What a precious sight! I'm so glad you caught this. I'm not sure I would enjoy eating dandelions, but my dad ate them.

EG Wow said...

I'm amazed (and jealous) that you were able to get that close to the fawn!

Thyra said...

It is so cute. One of the cutest creatures on earth. Those eyes.
Wonderful photo.
Cheers
Grethe ´)

Jill said...

Love your blog. Your newest follower.
Jill

Crafty Green Poet said...

oh what an adorable fawn, so sweet!

As for dandelions, get a pet rabbit, that will keep the weeds under control!