Mule Deer Abound at the Effie Yeaw Preserve!

I slept in a little bit today and got up around 7:00 am.  I went off to the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve today to walk around their trails and see more of what they look like.  All of the trails are well marked and easy to follow, and there’s no real “elevation gain” anywhere so it’s not hard on the knees and ankles.  Because we’re between seasons, the place isn’t really showing off very much, but the big draw there are the deer.  They were EVERYWHERE I went… including a lot of mom with their babies.  I saw some fawns that looked like they were just out of their spots; they were soooo little!  One group (a mother and three of her offspring) stopped in a shady area where they all “kissed” and groomed one another.  I could’ve watched them for hours.  I think I ended up with video and about 30 photos just of that one group!  I also saw some Acorn Woodpeckers actually putting acorns into one of their granary trees, a Great Blue Heron sitting in the top of a tree, lots of squirrels, including one who was pulling acorns out of their caps and throwing them on the ground to gather up later, wild turkeys, Starlings, and some Cedar Waxwings.  Oh, and I also came across a bat box, but there were no bats in it…

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I walked around the park for about 2 ½ hours and then headed back home, stopping at Bel Air to get a few groceries first.  When I got home, Marty had coffee made.  Yay!  I just chillaxed for the rest of the day — with Pozey and Sergeant Margie snoring away on a blanket on the floor next to my computer.

Oh, and here are some very short videos of the deer:

Mule Deer at Fence Video:

Mule Deer Family: