And, of course, there are the smaller creatures such as rabbits, skunks, racoons and squirrels who entertain us with their antics. The squirrels are especially fun to watch.
But, nothing beats fawn season. There is a doe who spends much of her time hanging around our house. I've pretty much given up on my flower beds because she not only eats the flowers, but likes to lay in the moist soil. It probably feels nice and cool on hot summer days. When the apples are ripe, she leaves a few for us if we're lucky. We noticed a few weeks ago that she was getting pretty big in the belly and suspected she was pregnant.
Think there might be something in there?
She's not telling.
The last couple of weeks, she's been exhibiting nesting behavior such as digging a hole under the motor home and spending hours under there. Or, sometimes she spends her afternoons under the tractor. Looking for a den, maybe?
Last night, right before dark, I looked out the kitchen window and there she was with a fawn that wasn't more than a few hours old. It was too dark to take photos, but this morning, they were still here.
How sweet is this little guy? Look at all those spots!
I didn't think it could get much better, but this afternoon while working in my studio I glanced out the window and saw mama with not one, but TWO little ones!
I am officially on cuteness overload!
She must have had the other one hidden this morning. Does will hide their twins in separate locations to improve their odds of survival. A predator might find one, but probably won't find both. These little ones are especially vulnerable for the next few days while they gain strength and get their legs under control.
Please keep fingers crossed and think good thoughts or say a little prayer that they get through this next week. If they can do that, they'll be well on their way towards growing up and having their own babies in a couple of years.
To be able to observe their first few days and weeks of life, I am happy to give up my flower beds!