Two new little cuties showed up here last week and have showed up every day for the last few. Mom has been tucking them in a little hideout near our shed, while she forages intensively in the surrounding area, throughout the day and into the evening. We feel super lucky that she trusts to leave them here. I wish I could tell the deer apart better, but I am thinking this may be the same doe that tucked her babies in that same spot last year. She would be very familiar with us from the past couple years, and we have always offered lots of space and respect.
Every now and then these little babies venture out of their hiding place to eat and cautiously explore. It is so fun to watch them! Wish I could replay some of their funny behaviors for you. One of them had the funniest interaction with a crow the other day. It’s so endearing to see new beings explore their new world.
This year it’s been a lot different than last, possibly due to the cougar that was hanging around the area recently. These babies are much more cautious than I remember the babies of last spring/summer being, and I’ve been surprised to see how much time they spend on their own. Since the last cougar sighting, we didn’t see a single doe for weeks, and started seeing bucks often – which had been a rarity for a while. One day we even saw a buck all scratched up with blood on it’s fur. Needless to say, we are super happy to see this mama and her little ones. It really feels like a sacred thing to be able to observe this.