Cute Speckled Fawns

We love watching the visitors to our yard. Jim’s been sharing photos of the phoebes that took up residence under our deck, and a few days ago he showed you a video of a groundhog, twenty feet up in a tree eating mulberry leaves. Deer often come around, too.

Recently we watched a doe with one tiny speckled fawn as they approached the house. The doe caught sight of us in the window and stopped next to a tree. While she stood, fawn nearby, a mama raccoon came down the tree next to her with two babies! It was like a scene from a Disney movie, choreographed so the animals are in the same shot.

This morning a different doe appeared with two fawns. They are so sweet and spindly, with the pale freckles making lines along the ridge of their backs.

Jim caught some video of the three of them.

Do you have visitors in your yard or neighborhood?


15 thoughts on “Cute Speckled Fawns

  1. tierneycreates

    We rarely get deer in our yard but we do get raccoons occasionally (especially when I was trying to feed a feral kitty, I discovered a lame/hurt raccoon was eating the cat food – when I shooed it off, it limped away). Enjoyed the video 🙂

  2. shoreacres

    I do envy those of you who have such “deer” visitors. I’ll see them occasionally, but mostly around the Johnson Space Center, where there’s a lot of land and provision made for them. I did see a large group last week, in the hill country, and there were several fawns with the adults.

    Around my place, it’s mostly squirrels and the occasional coyote that show up — one reason I enjoy getting out to the refuges. There have been a good number of alligators showing up in swimming pools and such, and the occasional turtle crossing the road. We may not see “nature,” but it’s all around us.

    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      It is indeed all around us, whether we take notice or not. I think that’s one of the reasons I so appreciate the birds. Some kind of bird lives everywhere! As to alligators in swimming pools, I think there are benefits to living farther north.

  3. Eliza Waters

    They are sweet and I love the dappled coats. That’s a great shot. I just wish they weren’t so destructive in the garden. With all the food in the forest, why do they just have to come nibbling?!

    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      I know, right? Jim despairs over ever having irises or lilies to enjoy, as the deer eat the buds off before they can even bloom. (And yet he keeps trying!)

  4. Val

    Deer are such pretty animals, and how delightful to have the young ones, too. 🙂 We’ve just been having noisy visits from a crow family (one of which unfortunately has an injured leg but it flies okay) and recently some red-legged partridges. We don’t really have much in the way of visits from large mammals as we’ve a high hedge round our place.

    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      The partridges would be fun to see. We don’t have them here. We do sometimes see pheasants nearby, but other than those and wild turkeys, I don’t think we have many game birds.

      Thanks for taking a look.

  5. Mrs. P

    They are so cute! We have none hear, though I just visited my sister in Arkansas and she has a few regulars on her homestead. Our visitors are mostly squirrels, raccoons and birds. And we do occasionally have white’s tree frogs (which we could only buy at pet stores when I lived in California) and box turtles. Plus we have lots and lots of lizards…so far, no alligators here though I know of others who have seen them walking in the street.

    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      Ooh, I guess alligators in the streets would be okay, as long as you KNEW where they were! An avoidable hazard that way. But if they are roaming around, looking for cats and small dogs, or toddlers who’ve gone astray, that’s not good. 😦


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