Buck behind
Buck behind

Deer are a common sight and a nuance in the East Bay hills, however I live far down the hill and across many busy roads so to have a deer nesting behind my garage calmly chewing his cud  has been a surprise this week. The neighbors had said they had seen a big buck in her yard but I hardly believe her. Thanks to my handy smart phone I have proof and some nice urban wildlife shots.
I wonder if this fine buck he knows deer hunting season stars November 1?


He thinks he’s hiding and lets me get quite close.

From kitchen door
We watch each other all morning. My view from kitchen door

Then he moves next door for the apples

Next door
Urban Deer goes next door

Caught in the act

The apples are so tasty
The apples are so tasty

The Moment Our Eyes Met  
I step ousted to check if my eyes were deceiving me
a pair of white butterflies danced by,
a squirrel in the bushes began to chatter
then the turkeys on the next block added their voices to the conversation.
I shook my head and rubbed my eyes.
Was I in a fairy tale forest? A Disney movie? No.
There  actually was a deer in my garden!

Tell me what you thinK
Have you had unexpected visitors in your yard?

For Lens and Pens


31 thoughts

  1. Oh, it’s a perfect example of our infiltration into their habitats. Humans are so arrogant as to think that we own the land. Great that you embrace their majesty and presence. I have turned my small parcel, which is almost a half acre, into wildlife habitats. Mostly, I reduce the grass and make gardens or swaths of small meadow gardens. Happy Photo Challenge.


    1. I love the idea of your a wildlife habitat. Our family’s 80 acres in Oklahoma that has been held up in courts for years so it sits fallow It has become a wildlife habitat and a great fishing pond for the neighbors. I don’t get there but it just feels food to know it’s there keep developers away and proving a home for many creatures.

      Very Happy Monday Photography!


  2. I enjoy watching the Deer. The trailer resort we belong to in Branson is 360 acres of wooded area. When it isn’t so busy in the winter months we can watch the deer all thru the park. One morning around 2:00 a.m. I heard a thunder outside and when I looked out about 50+ deer were running across the road. Beautiful site. There are also a lot of wild turkeys in the resort. We love it.



  3. Send him over to my house. My next door neighbor’s apple tree is dropping a full load on my side of the fence. I have been throwing away five gallon buckets of apples twice a week. They are wormy and half chewed by the squirrels but I bet that buck wouldn’t mind at all.


  4. I haven’t seen much wildlife where our rental house is, but in the park where I walk most mornings, I’ve seen deer, coyotes and lots of birds. We used to see many deer in and around our place in Cleveland.



      1. Suburbs of Chicago. Coyotes can be a problem and when there babies earlier in the year, I was told that there were signs in some parks warning people to be careful. Moms protecting babies can be very aggressive.


  5. We occasionally have roe deer dashing across the roads in front of cars here. They can do quite a bit of damage. When we stayed in Argyll the deer used to come down from the hill and jump a high wall into our garden, and munch much of the cultivated vegetation. Sometimes roe deer though often red deer. They are a real menace on the roads and you have to keep a way eye open for them. The Forestry Commission had a programme of culling as populations were exceeding the vegetation necessary to ensure healthy animals. The shooting estates were up in arms, but it did mean that for a while we had fewer on the roads to cause damage.


    1. Interestingly enough there is a big article in the paper today about shooting contest to cull coyotes in California. They do harm rancher’s herds but unfortunately wolves get killed along with the coyotes. Wildlife management is always a challenge no matter where you are it seems. I’ll just enjoy my deer in the garden for now.


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