Lots of Deer Today… including a “Bambi”!

I got up around 6:00 am and was out the door to the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve before 6:30.  The street is covered with spent-fireworks crap, and piles of fireworks boxes and cannons are lining the gutters.  Pigs…

I wanted to go over to Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve today to see if I could get some shots of the mule deer over there… and the place did not disappoint in that regard.  I got to see quite a few deer… including some boys in their velvet, and a mama with a newborn fawn (still in its spots, like Bambi)!  So cute!  I got some video of it trying to nurse but it was interrupted by a jogger who came pounding up behind me on the trail.  I waved for him to be quiet and he apologized for interrupting, but by then the fawn was spooked and moved on.  Grrrr!  It looked to me like quite a few females were preggers, so there might be a few winter fawns out there later this year…

I also got some photos of a species of caterpillar I hadn’t seen before, and a kind of wasp gall I’d never seen before… so that was cool, too.  The weird galls were on the hybrid Frankenstein-oak on the property. I wonder if the two “weirdnesses” (weird tree, weird galls) were connected somehow.   The caterpillars were Genista Broom Moth (Uresiphita reversalis) caterpillars also called the Sophora Worms.  They defoliate broom plants and in some areas are considered pest insects.

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I walked around for about 3 hours and then headed back home before the heat set in for the day.

Here’s a video of the baby:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruQkfXIChpU