Last month, we wrote about our next-door neighbor, the Buckeye Cove Nature Preserve — formerly known as the Stephens Road Nature Preserve — which is about as close to our homes as pure, untamed nature gets. Which is nice.
But then sometimes, it gets even closer. Which can be even nicer, except maybe when it starts eating your garden.
That’s what some of your neighbors have been seeing, and enjoying, in recent days. Check out this post on our Facebook page.
It started with Kimberly E Stevens, who posted a couple of great pictures (see one of them above) with this comment:
Just saw this little one and mom in our backyard on Stephens Grove Lane…they seem to be staying in the woods behind the house..mom has been in the yard eating up the day lillies and hydrangeas over the past couple of weeks..glad to see the little one is okay as as couple of us found it lost in the neighbors front yard and had to reunite it with mom
Others responded with accounts of similar close encounters. Krista Krueger said they’d been in her yard, too, and there had been “3 little ones.” Amy Cutler Dixon shared a picture of a couple of fawns, but also reported, “They are making their rounds, been eating my flowers over on tulip poplar as well!” Ilyse August added that “they like strawberries,” too.
Mostly, the neighbors responded with apparent delight, as did Gail Fitch Branner: “Oh! You saw 2 babies!! I had a mom and one baby in our back yard a few days ago.”
Jhoanna Utset even posted a short video, showing a baby trying to get a snack from each of two mom deers, without success. Check it out on that same thread.
By the way, if you find a fawn alone in your yard with a mom, and it doesn’t work out as happily as in Kimberley’s case — in other words, if the mom continues to be absent — here’s some advice on what to do from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. Mainly, they recommend to let nature take its course, but go ahead and read the whole article if you want more details.
May all your encounters with adorable wildlife be as happy as the ones we read about on Facebook! And be sure to leave your accounts of such similar experiences on the page. We all want to know about them!