Friday, July 4, 2008

Deer in our Backyard

We just saw a deer in our backyard. He was just sitting in the shade under our trees by our house. My neighbor’s mom called us and she said, “There is a deer in your backyard!” We would have never seen it if she hadn’t called us. Here are some pictures of him. I think he’s a male deer because he has antlers, not just ears, but antlers behind his ears. Now here are some pictures. I took most of the pictures and my Dad took some, too.



Aunt Martha said...

Hi Abby:

Those are very nice pictures of the deer in your yard. I get a lot of deer in my yard, mostly in the middle of the night.

The deer like to eat my flowers.

I have racoons, skunks, and possums too.

I have also seen a flying squirrel on my deck in the middle of the night. It was eating my bird food. It is much smaller than a regular squirrel.

Hope you are having a good summer. What have you been doing?

Aunt Martha

diane said...


Deer are beautiful, gentle creatures. We see a lot of them here in the Adirondack region of New York, but not usually that close-up.

Hope you're enjoying summer. Saw your Dad in San Antonio and he said you're a very busy young lady.

I spent yesterday with my daughter, and we bought some fresh strawberries at a farm stand. Yum!

YeYe F. said...

Hey, Ab!

It must be exciting to have your own deer to watch and study. He seems to like that soft shady spot. Has he returned after the first day?

From what I can tell, your friend is a male mule deer, perhaps a year or two old. His antlers are still a bit fuzzy. Antlers are shed every year, and new larger antlers with more points replace them. Some animals, such as rocky mountain sheep, have horns that stay on from year to year.

I would like to have a deer in my yard, but there is no way for one to get from wilder woods to my small woods. You are fortunate to be living next to an arroyo. I do see raccoons, squirrels and 'possums, but they are more a nuisance than a pleasure. My trees provide shelter for a lot of birds, and I enjoy watching them.

I hope your summer is going well. I'm sorry we won't be able to fly out to see you this year. Your other grandparents will be there soon, and you can enjoy a couple of weeks with them.

Much love...

YeYe F.