Do you remember Chloe? She's the deer who frequents our yard most often and is the only deer we have who has figured out how to eat from our tube bird feeders. If fact, we think she believes that one of the feeders is her personal property. Chloe can be very territorial about our yard - especially in the early spring and late fall when food is more scarce. We've often seen her chase other does away.
I added a note about Chloe and her new fawn in a blog post back in June. You can read that one here. Mr. Cut Off spotted the new fawn with Chloe just after it was born - wobbly legs and everything. We were certain we would be seeing the two of them in our yard by the end of July, but the days ticked by. . . and nothing. We had spotted Chloe off and on - but no fawn. By last week, we were convinced that something (most likely a wolf) had gotten the fawn.
I was sitting in the great room yesterday - about 7:50 a.m. Something caught my eye outside. It was a doe coming across the yard from the north. In the background, I saw another doe coming out of the woods in the southwest corner of the yard. It was Chloe! Wait, it gets better! Yep, there was a third deer - Chloe's fawn!
Of course, that's when I realized my camera wasn't next to me. Arrgghh! Luckily, Chloe's territorial nature kicked in and she chased the first doe into the woods. I took the opportunity to get up and snatch the camera - hoping for more action. Sure enough, the first doe came back out - quickly followed by Chloe - followed by the fawn. The first doe raced across the yard again and was out of my sight. Chloe and the fawn stopped and stared at the other doe - probably giving her the old "evil eye." The fawn started feeling pretty comfortable about then and turned toward the house, but Chloe wasn't done yet. Just after I snapped the next photo, she high-tailed it after the first doe one more time - out of my sight - again quickly followed by her precious fawn.
I got up to look what I could see out the window in the dining area. I was able to catch a glimpse of Chloe's white tail and her fawn's white tail as they ran down our 2-track deep into the woods. What a thrill! So glad the little one is alive!
Oh, and I even got a bonus hummingbird in that last shot!
All is well in the Keweenaw.