Friday, July 16, 2010

Flag

Last Friday morning, AB was still asleep and I was on the computer in the office. I looked out the window and nearly fell out of the chair when I saw this coming up the walkway.

I have seen deer all my life, but have never seen a baby fawn. He was brand new, too! He had the Bambi walk and everything. It took all I could do not to run out there and grab up that wobbly legged baby and claim him for our own!

His Momma and what we figure is his older brother was watching him from one corner of our yard.

He explored all along the fence line and then made himself a little bed in some tall grass right next to the cattle gap.

I figured he’d be gone the next time I checked on him, but he wasn’t. DSC_0081 In fact, AB and I had somewhere to be later that morning, and when we left, he was STILL laying by the cattle gap. His momma and brother were long gone and I was secretly hoping they wouldn’t come back for him, so I could take him in! (JUST what we need…I know, I know…)

He let me walk right up to him and take some pictures.

Precious, I know…

When we got back later that day, he was gone, and I figured we’d never see him again.

That afternoon, I looked out the window and guess who was back! This time he was laying in the back yard. DW was home this time and got to see him. So did Annabelle! Of course I wanted a picture of her with him, and he did let her get pretty close…

But, when she made one more step, he jumped up and you would have thought the grass he was laying on was on fire! In just a few short hours he’d gone from barley being able to walk to running full speed. He ran all around the yard but couldn’t get through the fence, and he was too short to jump over it like the grown deer. We went around to the front of the house to check on him, and ya’ll he fell in the cattle gap. I was in tears, scared that he’d fallen in and broken a leg and I had no idea how we were going to get him out. DW wasn’t very happy with me (for trying to get so close to him in the first place and then scaring him). He walked over to get him out of the cattle gap and that baby deer looked like a jack russell puppy! He jumped straight up and out of it! It was crazy… thankfully he was able to get out and was okay!

I thought for sure we’d seen the last of “Flag” (If you went to school in Florida then surely you read (or watched the movie) "The Yearling” so you’ll get his name…it was cousin William’s idea to name him that..)--- but just guess who has been in our yard almost every day since?!?!?

On Wednesday afternoon, I was in the kitchen cooking dinner and walked in the pantry to get something. On my way out, I glanced out the window, and look what I saw…

Not ONE, but TWO “Flags”!!! TWINS!!!

(The picture is so bad because it was through the window…I didn’t want to scare them off by going outside…)

I haven’t seen them together again in the yard, but I looked out our bedroom window, Thursday morning, and “Flag-1” and “momma-deer” were in the backyard. That afternoon, they were back and came right up to the glass doors off our sunroom, too!

We’ve had lots of deer in our yard (but never a fawn) and even though we see them all the time, it NEVER gets old! I just love it, and even though they eat our flowers, I hope they always come back…especially with their babies. :)

I’m not sure what kind of impact this is going to have on DW’s hunting season, though.

I’m pretty sure I don’t want to know if he gets a deer this year.

~amw~

11 comments:

Rebecca said...

Precious! We're lucky enough to get lots of deer around here and nothing melts my heart like a fawn! Scott and Wyatt put corn out for them in the back...love it!

Thankfully, Scott only fishes and has no big interest in deer hunting! I'd be so sad if he came home with one!

Tania said...

We have had some deer sightings at our house too, unfortunately I haven't had as good of luck at getting good pictures of them like you have. I love all the pictures.

I am really liking your new blog design. So cute. (;

Immeasurably More Mama said...

Such a sweet thing to find in your yard...and not just once! I love his name. :)

Steffie said...

We always fed deer corn in our yard growing up- We loved seeing them along our driveway. Of course our yard was off limits to hunters :)

Lauren said...

I have been waiting for these pictures!! Amazing Annie :) The picture with Annabelle is so neat, she'll probably never get that close again! Hope last night was fun we missed you all!

Carrie said...

Amazing pictures! I cannot believe that fawn let y'all get so close. I love the picture of Belle seein' about that deer ;)

Julianne Hendrickson said...

That is amazing! My friend lives on a secluded golf course in Sarasota and the deer COME UP to her back porch to be fed!! I'm talking 10-15 of them with their fawns. They are INCREDIBLE. I love them too :)

Lyndsay said...

How cute! I bet AB loved it. We recently caught a fawn on our property too. They are so fun to watch.

Heather said...

I absolutely love this!! So stinking precious. I would have wanted to keep the fawn, ha!! Where we used to live in TN, there was a huge open field across the street and every fall and spring there would be tons of deer out. ONe time there was a fawn and my kids thought it was the neatest thing. Just another reason that I wish I lived where you did!!:) AB looks like she was fascinated!!

Stephanie said...

AWWW Flag is darling! I wish we had deer come in our yard the only large animals that come around are STINKY COWS! We do have some baby birds in our tree out front though.

Seizing My Day said...

Be Still My Heart!! lucky ducky! =) I love love watching the deer... even though they eat my fruit trees! ... but a fawn...or two!! So sweet... My kids are going to love these pics!! I will show them tomorrow in the am! =)