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Mother’s Day for Critters

Sometimes there is more to a story than just a few pictures, so I moved my commentary from the “Happenings” page to a regular blog to tell the tale of a castaway…

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Just a few days after Mother’s Day this year we found out we were deer parents once again.  We were sitting out on our deck finishing up our morning coffee when twin fawns were spotted all wobbly-legged in the backyard ivy the very morning they were born.  This is the fourth year that we have had new fawns born in the backyard (or the yards of our uphill or downhill neighbors).  Mom had been hanging pretty close by (seriously, edge-of-the-deck close) – to the frustration of Benji, who now keeps his distance.  You may recall two years ago he was pretty badly damaged by a doe who stomped him and flipped him while we watched and yelled. We really can’t figure which of the several deer who frequent the backyard had these twins, the original mom or one of the daughters, but you have to admit the youngsters are cute.

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Only a few days later we had a pretty awesome thunderstorm, with cold rain pelting the ground and thunder booming all around.  It turned quite cool the next few days, which was the start of our Len Foote Hike Inn anniversary trek.  We came back home from that adventure and wondered about the backyard “zoo.”  So far as we could tell, there was nothing moving next door, so we assumed the twins had gone off with their mother.  We were busy getting the deck and backyard ready for our Retirement+1 Party anyway, so we were thinking about mosquitoes more than deer.  But, the morning after the party we noticed that we had a single fawn in our backyard.  The fawn got to enjoy the music and fun during the whole party without anyone realizing.

Fawn 2016

We now have to keep the peace between mom and Benji when they are all in the yard together.  She stops by mid-morning and in the evening, silently walking through the yard to meet up with junior.  If Benji happens to be in the vicinity, she definitely makes a beeline for him.

In the second week after the twins were first born next door, we saw a doe walk through our yard, hop the fence and wander down to where she was greeted by the fawn – the one in the downhill yard.  Since he nursed alone and then scampered all around like a little rabbit, we assumed that he (or she) was the sole survivor.  The stormy night and cooler temperatures must have been too much for the sibling.  Our little backyard guy met up with his mom on other mornings when she would stop by to nurse and then leave him to hunker down in the ivy along the fence.  You see, we have a four foot wire fence that separates the yards.  It is no problem for the adult deer to hop over, but it keeps the little guys in place.

Our little castaway sits in the ivy all day, quietly waiting for mom to return.  When she does come into the yard he runs over to meet her and eagerly nurses.  We see both fawns, but we haven’t actually seen both does at the same time… hmmm.  Just as we are trying to puzzle out the situation over breakfast on the deck, the doe walks through the yard, hops the fence and is greeted by the downhill fawn.  Then they wander up to the fence line toward our castaway.  Everyone just meets up at the fence.  So mom and fawn #1 are on the downhill side and fawn #2 is on the uphill side in our yard. Mom jumps over and our little guy follows along and they hang out for a while.

You can view the fence line reunion video here:

About now we are getting the feeling that these are the twins, somehow separated by fence. How that happened is a mystery, but suddenly mom jumps back to fawn #1 on the downhill side and then sprints across that yard and stops. Fawn #2 runs along the fence trying to jump it. Clearly mom told him to get a running start and go for it. Wasn’t working.

I went around front and opened the side gate to give the guy (or gal) a chance to join mom. Not working, as the little one was running along the fence with no success. So Doug ambled around the back yard to guide him toward the gate and herd him along. Panic sets in, he gets frantic and leaps at the fence repeatedly while mom watches nearby. She stomps, he stops and there is a moment when we all seem to be thinking “any ideas?”

I moved closer down the fence line, he keeps banging along the fence, but as he moves toward me I simply press him down and calmly lift him up and over the fence. Zaaap!  He sprints to the ivy and mom chases after. We think it is all a good family reunion now and the mystery of the twins solved.   The day after, our neighbors spotted them together in the yard, so all must be well.  Quite the tale of a castaway.


Oh, and the wrens who nested in a box next to the deck have been very busy keeping four noisy kids fed.  What a Mother’s Day for critters it has been.


Gosh these kids are always hungry!

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Fawns and Fitbits

Back home again and enjoying the deck!  However,  it seems we have interrupted the lives of our sometimes guests, the deer herd.  It’s almost laughable, since we had deer around us at St. Andrews and wandering through the campsite at Manatee Springs.  Now at home we had three roaming the yard, one young buck now in velvet, looking at us as the intruders. These must be last year’s fawns.

Backyard deer 2015 (1) 6x4

Oh, you’re back home?

(Horseshoes anyone?)

Mother doe checked in next door with the single fawn, now about a month old, and the twin fawns appeared on the other side, also greeted by mom and taken off for a stroll.  Will post some pictures soon for those of you who haven’t seen any deer lately.

Backyard deer 2015 (3) 10x4

The new twins beyond the fence.

Great news today!  My Fitbit arrived. I have to say that the company was very responsive and prompt once they got a copy of my receipt.  It was a simple process to replace the device without any loss in history.  Nicely done, Fitbit!   Not so nicely done was my request for an electronic receipt from Kohls from the road. Somehow they claim not to have a record of individual receipts other than at the local store. That was no help (Fitbit was purchased at Kohls).

It’s ok, back to counting steps, and no tan line on my wrist!

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Florida Bound

Gulf Islands

Can you smell the salt air?

We are packing up and getting ready for the trip to Florida.  Several of you asked about the trip, so I have posted the link to the Roadtrippers route below.  Roadtrippers is a fun app if you are planning any road trips this summer.

By the way, we were sitting on the deck this weekend, finishing dinner and noticed our doe walking quietly across the backyard to the neighbor’s fence line.  Out of the ivy stepped a spindly-legged young fawn to greet mom.  Off they went further into the backyard (too dim for pictures).  So this is our third year for fawn births in the yard (and you will recall last year’s encounter between Benji and the doe didn’t go so well for Benji).

Our Florida Trip:

florida 2015

Florida Trip

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