It is fawning season here in our neighborhood. We have a mama deer birth her baby right on the edge of our sidewalk, right out the front door the last three years we have lived here. This year she found a better spot. I just didn’t get the memo and didn’t know it until I was watering the oleander about 5′ away.
I was watering on the East side of the house. It was about 4pm and just left after having an early dinner. They had commented that they hadn’t seen any babies born yet in the herd that runs along our street (it was around May 1st last year.) I took them out on the front porch and showed them this little baby tucked in up against the house. As I was watering, I saw 4 babies in the open lot between our two houses. One mama had twins and another mama had a single. The forth little baby was going from deer to deer trying to suckle. It was turned away each time. I had a feeling that it was the baby from our front yard so I went through the house and checked – Yup. It was gone. The sun had crept onto the spot it had been and I think it just wandered along through the front yard as the adults started coming through to head up to the neighbors for their evening snack. I’m sure at some point that evening, baby and mama were reunited.
Those little fawns are sure fun to watch. They are still small and wobbly on spindly legs, but they are starting to run. In the next few weeks we are going to be able to sit out back and watch them run what we call “the baby race track” in the open lot next door. The babies all run a circuit after circuit in an oval. Some cut the corners if they get behind. Others race with all the speed and sleekness they can muster and others leap along. It is quite comical and graceful all at the same time.