See those rudimentary horns? Well, he thinks he is just THE ONE these days! Last year Mama Deer would come by with two yearlings. Starting a couple of weeks ago, she started coming by with three young’uns, one of which is probably this nascent buck. One is a lot smaller than the others, so presume that is this year’s “baby”. There is yet another baby in “the hopper”, judging by the swollen sides of Mama these days.
It had been a hot day, and the four of them stopped by for a drink before it was dark, so we got a good look at them. Pictures through double-paned kitchen windows are never top notch, but it is still a thrill to see them.
This boy, though, was surely full of himself on this occasion. He was doing his best to run off the others from “his” water pond. He was actually kicking at them. They paid little attention, though. Rather like a pesky little brother annoying them.
When they wandered off, I could see that the pond was empty, so I filled it back up. I looked out before I went to bed, and it was empty again, so perhaps they made a second visit after it had become completely dark. By morning it was empty again. We’ve been seeing the deer and the javelina on the critter cam a lot lately, so they must be doing most of the drinking. They are all massively-sized animals, so it probably takes a fair amount of water to keep them hydrated.
I checked the water supply at about 5:30 this afternoon, and it was about three quarters full. Just now at about 11:30 tonight, I went out to check to make sure our friends will have their night supply, and it was entirely empty! We didn’t get to see any animals there tonight, so they must have come when we weren’t looking.
Anyway, I’m glad I went to check because I’d hate to think that all those friends would spend the night thirsty.