Saturday, August 31, 2019

Come meet the Herd of Deer!


I drove out to Pruitt Trailhead two days in a row and saw a herd of deer BOTH DAYS!


I went at about the same time of day, right after lunch. The first day, I walked down the trail and saw them through the trees. 


The second day, they walked through the woods parallel to the trail. I kept hoping they would come into an open area to give me a better view, but they did something even better!

The video below shows them crossing the trail in front of me!


What a thrill to see them all...twice!


 I saw this pretty little Blue-gray Gnatcatcher back at the parking area.


 There are so many pretty birds at this preserve! 


I even saw a Juvenile Little Blue Heron. 


He's in his white stage, with just a little blue showing on his neck and tail feathers!

As Hurricane Dorian barrels towards Florida, please keep us in your prayers! Thank you!

I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE  

  and I’d Rather B Birdin’.

34 comments:

Tom said...

...beautiful sighting on your hike. I hope that you don't blow away this weekend.

Vee said...

🦌What a thrill! You stayed nice and calm.

Yes, praying!

Susie said...

Diane, Yes, I am praying for everyone there in your state. Please be safe. I loved seeing the deer. You do get some great bird pictures. I have to use vinegar and a drop of dish soap as a gnatcatcher. Not near as pretty. Blessings to you and Ron, xoxo, Susie

Jeanie said...

These are indeed fabulous photos and wonderful sightings. I never knew juvenile herons were white!

eileeninmd said...

Hello,

I enjoyed seeing the deer and your video of them crossing the trail is great. Pretty captures of the Little Blue and the Gnatcatcher. I hope you stay safe and the storm takes a turn. Thanks for sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend. PS, thank you for the visit and comment.

Barbara said...

I shared your picture of the Gnatcatcher with Beloved. His response, "Eat all you want, Buddy. Go back, eat more, and get fat!" (smile)

Yes, thinking of you, too, with this storm approaching (or is it???). The news is looking more hopeful this morning, but we won't let our guard down just yet!

David M. Gascoigne, said...

I never tire of seeing Blue-grey Gnatcatchers, such a delightful, energetic little bird. I am sure you are very concerned by this hurricane. I know a fellow who lived in Florida for about twenty years and had his property destroyed by three different hurricanes and finally moved back home to Ohio. I must confess that it is a mystery why anyone would choose to live in an area so hurricane-prone and now with global warming and sea level rises a good portion of the state will be under water. Stay safe during this current threat to your health, safety and well-being.

Nanaland said...

Stay safe dear friend.I know landfall is not until Tuesday but keep us updated. Prayers and Hugs.

Sam I Am...... said...

You and everyone else i n Dorian's path are in my prayers! Love the deer....even though they destroy my flowers and garden at times. Stay safe!

Sandra said...

I have never seen a herd of deer and certainly not crossing the road. I have not seen a white young heron either and my favorite photo is the bird on the barbwire. that photos is awesome....

Phil Slade said...

There's always a thrill when I see a deer or two. It happens so unexpectedly, as if they appear by magic. You do have some lovely places to hike Diane.

carol l mckenna said...

Wow! How honored you were to see this herd of deer twice! and lovely feathered friends photos ~ too ~ ^_^

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riitta k said...

You lucky lady - so many! They are adorable animals! Hope the hurricane goes over smoothly.

Ann said...

The only time I've seen deer is when I'm driving and it's usually because they are running out in front of me. This would be a delightful way to observe them.
That's a pretty little bird int he photo below the video

Small City Scenes said...

Well you did see several deer but no spots. We have a Mama and twins that visit us---for the apple trees of course.
Be safe
MB

Debbie said...

so much to love here!! i adore deer, i think they are just as curious about us as we are about them. your pictures are beautiful and i really enjoyed the video...as they stop to have a look at you!!

the gnatcatcher is a beauty, i have never see one!!

i think the first picture of the heron is one of the prettiest i have ever seen. good eye on those blue feathers coming!!

i have been thinking about you, warm thoughts as the storm approaches. i hope it misses you...we got a direct hit from super storm sandy and it was devastating!!!

bill burke said...

That's a lot of deer you saw. They are beautiful and the wee bird is cute. Stay safe!

happyone said...

Beautiful shots of the deer. I never get tired of watching them out in our yard. We have 5 that stop by every morning and evening.

Cath said...

Lovely photos....I really love the deer

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Sending hugs and hope .... be careful out there!

BeachGypsy said...

I sure love that first picture!! Love their sweet faces, they look so gentle and peaceful and so CURIOUS about what you are doing and who you are!Not sure which way Dorian is headed---prayers for everybody's safety, like you, we prepared some today and shopped for necessities in case power goes out, food supplies, pet food etc. Did you get much cooking done?

Hootin' Anni said...

I want to send you my thanks and appreciation for joining us this week at I'd Rather B Birdin'...by the looks of my weather alerts I receive, Floridians will not be hit too badly with Dorian...maybe Georgia or/and Carolinas. Either case, stay safe.

Lea said...

It is always a thrill to see deer, and your bird photos are great, too!
Hope the hurricane eases up the coast without too much damage. And I pray that no lives are lost.

DeniseinVA said...

Real pretty photos and video of the deer and birds. Always a joy to see them. I also will be thinking of all in Dorian’s path. Stay safe!

BECKY said...

Diane, I've been thinking of you ever since Dorian was predicted!! Please stay safe and I pray both your homes will be okay!

Helma said...

Hello Diane
these deer are really beautiful to see. I really love these little deer :-) The little birds are nice too but the beautiful egret is great to see. The video is fantastic.
Hugs

Lowcarb team member said...

I loved your photographs and your video was wonderful.

I also want to wish you a happy September, but with Hurricane Dorian heading your way … thinking of you, and please stay safe.

All the best Jan

Rose said...

Oh, I so loved your little video...I would have loved to be there. I have been praying about the hurricane...

Nancy Chan said...

You were blessed on your hike, able to see the herd of deer and all sorts of beautiful birds.

Red Rose Alley said...

What a sight the deer must have been! And a sweet bird, indeed. I thought it was a hummingbird at first. Its beak is long. The little Blue Heron is precious. I always enjoy your walk through the woods, Diane. : )

~Sheri

EL RINCON DE CHELO said...

Bonitas fotos en plena naturaleza, me encantan esos animaliltos que has encontrado en tu camino, besos

Jenn Jilks said...

I love them all!

NatureFootstep said...

how wonderful to be able to film the deers. They seem to behave the same way as ours do. They run off and suddenly stop to check thngs out :)

italiafinlandia said...

Deer are so cute animals!