Dog sitting my daughter's dog Nina one day, I'd put Nina in the dog pen while I went about watering the garden.
When Nina started barking I thought it was that she wanted out of the pen, or perhaps there was someone going by on the road.
Looking around , I saw these two youngsters, come to enjoy the nice dew-dampened grass by the garden...
I went inside to get my camera, not expecting them to wait, and expecting them to bolt as soon as I moved.
But they stayed around, and when I tried to get closer, they did not bolt. Very slowly and using a brush pile to screen , I was eventually able to
get within about 25 feet of one :)
They were aware - but not particularly wary of - both me and Nina....
they did finally start to get nervous, wagging their tails at each other , and finally ambled off into the woods.
I hope these two learn a little more wariness before hunting season !
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Took a nice walk this evening in Bear Brook, first time in a couple weeks I've been able to get out in the woods.
What a change! Snow's all gone, and even with last night's rain, the mud is firming up nicely. At least, I didnt
repeat my face plant ( masterfully performed after stepping in a calf-deep mudhole 3 weeks back).
Those of us who hike year round are not that thrilled with the return of spider silk, but it is always nice to see a newt.
I also saw a couple of beaver and a duck, and a turkey.
The woods are definitely waking up !
I learned something I didnt know about chickadees today.
I thought they just grabbed a seed or bit of suet and gobbled it down and then flew away ...
It makes sense, now that I think about it, but I didn't realize sometimes they grab their food,
fly away, land, grasp their nugget and eat it away from the feeder.
Chickadee / slide show