Skip navigation

Category Archives: White Tailed Deer

When I went out to pick tomatoes this summer I noticed that someone had been eating them. I couldn’t figure who like tomatoes but a couple of days later I spotted the culprits in the garden.

Advertisements

Last week I noticed a White-tailed Deer in the yard. I watched it for a while as it moved around in the Yard. It finally noticed me.

After a while it made some strange sounds as it ran off.

About 10 minutes later it came running back making the same strange sounds. I thought she might have misplace her faun the way she was wandering around and calling.

We made a late spring visit to Crex Meadows last week. Our first stop was a Bald Eagle nest on Phantom Lake Road. One of the adults was sitting by the nest and there were two young in the nest. It looked like they were just about ready to leave the nest.

When we reached Phantom Lake we found a number of pairs of Canada Geese with their young. This adult seemed to be upset with something and it kept chasing other geese.

There were a number of pairs of Trumpeter Swans with their young. The adults were furiously churning the water. I assume to free plants from the bottom so they would float to the surface and the Cygnets could feed on them.

One of the popular attractions this year has been Killdeer nesting in the roads around the flowage.

We also found this Leatherback Turtle laying eggs along the road.

The spring flowers were out in the meadows. Indian Paintbrush and Yellow Water Lilies were common.

We encountered a number of White-tailed Deer in our drive through the meadows.

The young ducks have also hatched and could be found on the flowages.

In addition to the Sandhill Cranes there was plenty of other wildlife to photograph as we drove around Crex Meadows. More photos from Crex Meadows can be found on my website.

We saw the occasional White-tailed Deer. This one sopped along the road to pose.

white-tailed-deer-crex-meadows-16-10-4685

 

Red-tailed Hawks were flying over the Meadows.red-tailed-hawk-crex-meadows-16-10-4591

There were a lot of Hooded Mergansers around. I photographed this bunch just before they took off into the sunrise.hooded-mergansers-crex-meadows-16-10-5325

hooded-mergansers-crex-meadows-16-10-5281

With the low water levels in some of the ponds it was easy to find Great Blue Herons around. great-blue-heron-crex-meadows-16-10-5022

There were also quite a few American Coots around although no where near the hundreds I saw on an earlier visit.american-coots-crex-meadows-16-10-4756

This morning I noticed a doe and two older fawns in the yard. Later in the day I saw another doe and a single fawn. I was surprised to see them because this is the first year in quite some time that I have not encountered young fawns hidden around the farm early in the summer.

White-tailed-Deer-16-7-_5477

White-tailed-Deer-16-7-_5482

We find all kinds of wildlife wandering around the farm. We had a group of Four White-tailed Deer hanging around. They were out in front of the house eating what remained of our Black-eyed Susan’s on this particular day.

White-tailed-Deer-15-12-_1242

We have had Wild Turkeys around in large numbers ever since the DNR reintroduced them to the state. This group of about 20 birds was walking across the front lawn. They were likely headed for the neighbors cornfield.

Wild-Turkeys-15-12-_3449

There are the ever present birds at my feeders. The Hairy Woodpecker is a year around visitor to the feeders.

Hairy-Woodpecker-15-12-_1297

Several weeks ago we noticed a Doe and Fawn in the backyard. We had been gone for a couple of weeks but the day after we returned my wife spotted them in the back yard again. It was amazing the difference in the Fawn. When we first saw him he was all legs and had problems walking. Now the was bounding around without any trouble.

Fawn-15-6-_2807

Doe-and-Fawn-15-6-_2795

We had been in town and when we returned I happened to look out the window and notice a Doe and Fawn in the yard. It must have just been born because it was a little wobbly on its legs. When ran it was all legs.

White-tailed-Deer-Doe-and-Fawn-15-5-_1472

White-tailed-Deer-Doe-and-Fawn-15-5-_1481

More White-tailed Deer photos can be found on my website.

I was photographing Bluebirds in my back yard when I noticed a couple do White-tailed deer walking through the back yard. I was raining and the light wasn’t very good but I managed a few shots of them grooming each other.White-tailed-deer-14-4-_1641

White-tailed-deer-14-4-_1644

 

 

I live on a farm with a large yard and a prairie buffer between the yard and the woods. I don’t mow the entire prairie but do mow trails through the prairie so I can easily walk through the area to photograph flowers and insects.

Doe-and-Fawn-13-6-_0532

I frequently see fawns out in my prairie late in the spring. A week ago my wife noticed a doe standing out in the prairie and thought it looked a little strange. I went upstairs so I could get a better look at it. I thought something was up but it wasn’t until the doe moved that I could see it was feeding a fawn. We watched as it put the fawn in the high grass and left it.

Fawn-13-6-_0730

Yesterday we returned from a weekend trip late in the day. I happened to look out the window to check on the garden and noticed a fawn out by the garden. It was standing in some tall grass. Normally when a doe leaves a fawn the fawn remains curled up on the ground. This fawn was standing up and scratching itself.

Fawn-13-6-_0545

Later in the evening I happened to look out at the garden again and noticed the doe and fawn out by the garden. The doe was feeding the fawn. We watched for a while and then my wife noticed a large raccoon walking toward the doe and fawn. Soon the doe noticed the raccoon and chased it away.

Doe-and-Fawn-13-6-_0519

We continued to watch as the doe fed the fawn before leading it back into the woods. Just as the doe and faun were leaving we noticed the raccoon heading toward the house. It turned up at the bird feeder and we watched it clean up bird seeds for about a half an hour.

Raccoon-13-6-_0568