Just too Cute to Ignore… When Fawns Come to Visit

Missy, a Black Tail Deer, brought by her baby for a visit yesterday. The kid was all legs and just a few days old. (Photo by Peggy Mekemson.)

I had intended to put up a blog on Big Sur today, but then one of the does that hangs out on our property decided to bring by her fawn for a visit yesterday evening. It was just too cute to ignore and Peggy quickly grabbed her camera. So Big Sur can wait until later in the week! I’ve also taken several photos of the local deer herd over the past few weeks and one very bad squirrel, so I am adding them to the post. It has been a while since I’ve featured anything on the zoo we normally call our yard. Enjoy…

Missy and her baby. The kid’s older sister was there too and joined in the grooming, which is something I hadn’t seen before. Normally does drive off their kids from the previous year when they have a new baby. (Photo by Peggy Mekemson.)

Wait up Mom! (Photo by Peggy Mekemson.)

Our five acres on the Upper Applegate River in Southern Oregon at times resembles a zoo as I’ve already noted. A deer herd, foxes, coyotes, skunks, raccoons, possums and squirrels make their home here. Earlier this week, our neighbor reported that a momma bear with two cubs was making the rounds. We quickly put bungee cords on our garbage cans!

My writing chair looks out on our backyard, which can be hazardous to the writing process. I glanced out the window the other day and a whole herd of deer had settled in for a nap.

We call this guy Little Buck. I think he is commenting on the lack of apples. He’s another of Missy’s children. Actually, he was born two years ago. Missy had driven him and his sister off last year when she had a fawn. When the fawn had an unfortunate encounter with a car, Missy re-adopted her children.

Another shot of Little Buck. His antlers are still in velvet. Bucks lose their velvet in late summer in preparation for mating season debates over who gets the girl. Little Buck will likely be a spike with no points on his antlers this year, which will leave him out of the competition.

This fellow is obviously on his way to becoming at least a ‘forked horn’ with two points. The bucks usually join together in a guys’ club until mating season. Little Buck, who is something of a momma’s boy, still hangs out with Missy and his sister.

I took this photo of Missy in our backyard a few weeks ago before she had her fawn. She is maybe 15 feet away from where I write and often keeps me company along with Little Buck and Sis.

There are lots of gray squirrels who live up in the trees and ground squirrels who live in burrows on our property. And they all love birdseed! If you accuse them of stealing it, however, they all deny they have been anywhere near the bird feeder. They claim things like executive privilege, or say they can’t remember, or plead the fifth, or argue that the information is classified. I have a T-shirt I like to wear that reflects their behavior.

Birdseed? What birdseed?

A close-up. The cheeks are an absolute give-away.

Three days ago I caught a culprit with the goods up on the railing of our deck. He still denied any knowledge of bird seed even though sunflower seed shells were scattered all over the railing. When I pointed this out to him, he, um… well, wait and see for yourself.

I looked out our bedroom window and spotted a ground squirrel eating what looked a lot like bird seed.

When I pointed out that he was surrounded by empty sunflower seed shells he claimed they proved nothing.

When I suggested he was lying, he spit out a shell and gave me an internationally recognized salute! Check out his right paw.

Just in case I didn’t get it!

That’s it for today. (grin) On Friday, I’ll be back with the post on Big Sur.

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42 comments on “Just too Cute to Ignore… When Fawns Come to Visit

  1. I can see why Missy brought her fawn over for you to see. When you’re out writing and she comes to visit, do you talk to her?
    Love the 3 squirrels, Curt!!

    • The deer and I are always having conversations, G. Peggy talks to them too, especially when they are eating her plants! Glad you enjoyed the squirrel. He was pretty funny. –Curt

  2. My husband has been battling squirrels over birdseed too. He put up a bird feeder, and the squirrels were 4-0 for a while. But by placing the baffle up really high, my husband finally got a win. 😄 But it’s not very aesthetically pleasing!

    • I have a bird feeder that the squirrels can’t get into, Carrie, but some of our small birds are such sloppy eaters that they drop as many seeds as they eat. Often there is more action on the ground than in the feeder! 🙂 Congratulations to your husband! –Curt

  3. OK, Curt – I’m super busy today and was going to forgo any blog reading, but the word “fawn” jumped out at me from my inbox, and I bit! The beautiful deer and those cheeky squirrels (haha, in both ways) brought big smiles; I’m glad I stopped to enjoy the fauna in your yard for a few minutes! I know they can be pests (at least at our mountain house), but deer are just so precious – I love them. Thanks!

  4. Smiled the whole way through. Too cute to ignore is right, including the squirrel and his “salute”. The opening photo is a beauty. It really is a zoo at your place isn’t it?
    Alison

  5. So funny! Love the squirrel’s finger paired with your very timely commentary. A lot of things are a zoo these days — not just your yard! It’s enough to make you say, “Oh deer!” Great photos!

  6. Mel’s uncle in NJ used to have deers coming into his yard which was a patch of forests. The fawn that follows mom are soo cute! And the squirrels, they always seem to be playing catch me if you can around the trunks of the trees!

    • Fox cubs, what a delight Andrew. I’d be out at night trying to photograph them. 🙂 As for the deer around here, if your fence is under 6 feet, you are fair game for everyone except the fawns! –Curt

  7. Oh my gosh they ARE cute. You are so lucky to have such wonderful wildlife visitors to entertain you and grace you with their presence. I love the photo of
    Missy on your patio and Little Bucks antlers.

    Your shirt and the squirrel are both too funny!!

    Peta

    • It’s never dull around here, Peta. The deer actually walk around the house and stare in our windows. They seem to be as curious about us as we are about them. And the squirrels and their antics are always good for a laugh. Thanks. –Curt

  8. I have never seen a fawn (other than the pictures🙂), this is soo cute, looking straight into Peggy’s camera.. Great shots! As for bungee cords.. aren’t other animals going through your cans?.. We put bungee cords here in Toronto on all garbage bins.. not for bears LOL .. but for raccoons, they are so smart..

    • Hi, Christie. Raccoons can be a royal pain! 🙂 They live down in our canyon but have never got in the habit of raiding our garbage can. Knock on wood! Bears only seem to bother us a few times a year, for which we are grateful! Fawns are around every year at this time. As the does have become more accepting of us, they’ve tended to bring their babies around more frequently. –Curt

  9. What amazing pictures! Love the picture of Little buck where he is shouting at you. The little squirell doesn’t look particularly happy in the last picture. Maybe you disturbed his meal. Keep up the great work 🙂

    • I think the little squirrel didn’t like me questioning his veracity. (Laughing.) Thanks. I have a lot of fun blogging about the animals around our house on occasion. –Curt

  10. Oh this baby fawn is too adorable. You and Peggy are so fortunate to get to see so many wild animals near your home. And the squirrel is too funny. That’s quite amazing to be able to shoot these portraits so close to the animals.
    Glad these creatures won over Big Sur 🙂

    • The animals accept us as part of the environment, Evelyne, and as a source of food. For the most part, they are more than willing to hang out while we go about doing our chores. 🙂 –Curt

  11. I always enjoy your animal posts, Curt — especially if a squirrel is involved. But, yes: the deer are delightful, and I don’t think there’s a person alive who doesn’t respond to a fawn. If there is, they’re probably the ones hunkered over their “device,’ hammering out well-informed and cogent commentary on Twitter or Facebook. 🙂

    I think I remember that shirt. It’s such a fun one: a perfect take on the three monkeys my grandmother had on her knick-knack shelf.

    • The squirrels are true characters when it comes to stealing sun flower seeds. And the fawn has a guaranteed, ah-factor. The squirrel T-shirt is a take off on the monkeys for sure, Linda!
      Agree on the nose buried in the smart phone… but I suspect even they would take a break for the fawn. –Curt

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