Wednesday, 19 July 2017

What a day for critters!

Twas an adventure. Driving along Lanark County roads, I came around a corner, and spotted a deer and fawn on the road. It's hard to spot on the dashcam video, but momma heads right, into the bushes covering the fence. Fawn stands in the middle of the road, then sprints left as a tractor rounds the corner.
These are stills from the video, followed by archival photos. I haven't seen any fawns this year. They are deep in the forest, avoiding our bugs.

It's no wonder that week by week,  we average about 10 deer collisions in the region.
Fawn from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

Then, I arrived home. Look up on top of the tree trunk! Can you see it? I stopped right beside the tree and it didn't move for the longest time. This is our regular visitor, a sharp-shinned hawk who likes to fly along the driveway.
This is a bold hawk. It returned Wed., July 26th.

Sharp-shinned hawk from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

Then, there are the backyard birds happily catching all those bugs.
phoebe from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.
Mrs. Grosbeak from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

Then there was the robin, who was watching the veery pair!
backyard birds from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.


Denise inVA said...

Great videos and photos! I haven't seen too many deer around our way, so far this year anyhow. One the other day and I was as happy as a clam :)

Denise inVA said...

Hi Jenn, I am back with an apology. I accidentally deleted your comment when trying to publish. My finger was a little too far over and pushed the remove comment button. So sorry about that! I was trying to catch up with comments and moved a little too fast I think ;(

Nancy J said...

Almost too much excitement in a day. The hawk, what a fantastic video, so close up, he is really beautiful.

William Kendall said...

Wonderful videos! I remember watching a hawk here sitting on a wall in the city, completely at ease.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Your bird videos are really good Jenn. I've never seen a phoebe -- wish I could. Think I'd recognize it after watching your video.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Jen, love all the bird videos. The fawns are so cute, love their spots.
The Hawk and Grosbeaks are a couple of my favorites. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend.

carol l mckenna said...

Wonderful nature post ~ of course ~ my favorite are the deer ~ Beautiful photography ^_^

GreenComotion said...

Superb photos of your beautiful area and those very cute babies!
Hope the deer stays off the roads!!
Have a Happy Weekend, Jenn!
Peace :)

Rajesh said...

Great shots of critters.

NatureFootstep said...

I would love to wee fawns. But ths year I have not seen any at all :( Nice to see yours.