SPRING is even more delightful when we discover a fresh generation of offspring in the animal world. A recent trip to Deer Hollow farm was made even more joyful by a collection of cute little creatures we encountered there. The young kid goats showed off boundless energy that kept them in perpetual motion -- jumping about and climbing on everything in sight (including each other.) They hopped up and tested the view from every elevated surface they could reach, and the higher the better!
But eventually even those rambunctious kids settled down. Time to rest briefly and take nourishment from Mom, who must be wondering if this wild foolishment will ever end?
Further along our walk we saw several wild rabbits chewing on fresh meadow grass. The bunnies seemed as curious about us as we were of them, so we enjoyed a mutual "standoff" before they hopped back into the protection of the thick brush. When they reappeared further down the path, it became a game of hide-and-seek... Now you see me, now you don't! The curiosity of those youngsters was engaging and turned into a delightful game between us.
Just ahead we spotted a California quail family that scampered across the trail and took cover before we arrived on the spot. The young chicks ran for cover while theIr mother kept a watchful eye on us from the high branch of the shrub. It seemed their nest wasn't far off, and the vigilant parents would bravely protect their territory while the chicks peered out from the darkness of cover.
Further along we "spotted" a solitary spotted fawn grazing in an open meadow. (Those spots will disappear in a few weeks.) Just as we speculated if she was alone, the rest of her family appeared from the brush. Still, her youthful curiosity suspended time and gave us a special opportunity to quietly enjoy one another without fear or flight. A wonderful gift!
True to form, the mother doe gathered her brood and led them back to the safety of the forest, but not without one last glance at us from the spotted fawn. She must be wondering "who are those strange creatures that walk with just two legs?"