Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Deer in our backyard

When we first moved here to North Carolina our neighbors kept telling us that they saw a lot of deer in the neighborhood. We kept looking for months but we never saw any deer around the house, which is strange because of the large area of trees behind us. Then, a couple months ago, Wendy woke me up early one morning. "There are deer in the wood", she yelled. Sure enough there were about four deer just inside the woodland.

Since then we have seen a couple more deer now and then. Last week I saw a doe and two fawns around 10pm. Then Wendy saw a couple feeding on the cucumbers she had thrown out into the woods. Of course, I never had the video camera ready when this happened. Finally, last week, Wendy said there were more deer outside. I grabbed the camera and got a few minutes of a young fawn eating the leaves just on the edge of the woods. What I didn't know was that the mother was out there too. Of course, being the nature lover she is, Wendy wanted to go out and see if she could feed them, but they got spooked and ran away. A few days later Wendy went out to pick some vegetables in her garden and didn't realize one of the deer was back there. And the deer was so engrossed in eating it didn't hear or see Wendy. As Wendy looked up from the garden the deer saw here and they both spooked each other. The deer yelled at Wendy and she screamed at the deer, which then went running into the woods. I wonder if it will ever come back?


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