More Sunday Friends

by Bethany Plonski January. 30, 2020 405 views

My Sunday morning walk started with a mama doe and her two little ones. They were grazing inside one of the fenced pastures at McDaniel Farm.

Mama got tired of being in the pasture before the babies did, and she hopped the fence, I think hoping that they'd follow her lead.

The babies hesitated at the fence and went back to grazing again on their own while their mama was by the edge of the woods.

Eventually one of the babies found a low spot in the fence and hopped over it to join mama, leaving the other behind in the pasture by itself.

The poor little one who got left behind kept looking and listening for clues from mama and trying to figure out a way over the fence. Then some runners passed by, so it started to panic and ran directly into the fence - right about then, I started getting nervous that things were going to take a turn toward something awful. I didn't want to scare the baby any more, so I stood still and hoped for the best.

After hitting the fence, the baby ran in the opposite direction from its mama and ducked under a broken section of fence, which only stranded it in a different section of pasture even farther away.

Ummm, mom?

Ummm, mom?

The poor thing was making the most pitiful noises calling for its mama, who was looking on from the woods and starting to look worried herself.

When the coast was clear, mama came out of the woods with her other little one and led the way to a safe spot on the other side of the pasture where the woods were thicker.

Finally the little stray found its way out of the pasture, and I was so relieved to see them all reunited! It was heartwrenching watching that little one panic.

Safe near mama again

Safe near mama again

Sunday was a busy day for animals - in addition to the mockingbird and squirrel you've already seen this week, I met a few other animal buddies.

Lots of eastern bluebirds at McDaniel - they like the nesting boxes

Lots of eastern bluebirds at McDaniel - they like the nesting boxes

No shortage of adorable squirrels

No shortage of adorable squirrels

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Tsao T-F 1 month, 3 weeks ago

I love this deer story. Maybe you collect more similar series and will be a famous writer of child storybooks.

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Tsao T-F 1 month, 3 weeks ago

That would be such a fun project! I keep notes about different animals I see and write about them sometimes, but I haven't thought about children's stories before. That's a great idea! I loved reading stories about animals when I was little, and to help me fall asleep at night my mom would make up stories about the animals who lived in our yard. smile

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Tsao T-F Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 month, 3 weeks ago

You have a nice, smart mom.smile

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Tsao T-F 1 month, 3 weeks ago

She is one awesome lady! smile

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Marsha 2 months ago

Great doe and fawns story....glad it ended well. Enjoyed this wonderful wildlife collection!

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Marsha 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Thank you, Marsha! Much appreciated. smile

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Don Baird 2 months ago

Great photos and a great story.

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Don Baird 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Thank you, Don! Glad it had a happy ending. :)

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Buster Bruce 2 months ago

Bethany you seem to know how to bring out the best in nature! All of your images are spectacular. I enjoyed the story of momma and baby as well!

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Buster Bruce 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Thank you, Buster. Animals bring me so much joy - happy to share it!

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Pete Fitzgetald 2 months ago

absolutely awesome photos, Love everyone of them.

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Pete Fitzgetald 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Thank you! So glad to hear that!

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Camellia Staab 2 months ago

Excellent captures! So glad there was a happy ending to the story. #2 photo is identical to a shot I did not capture smile I came into the family room on Monday, (there is a large window on the opposite side of the room) and there was this young deer peering in. He saw me right away as I aimed for my camera that sits on the mantel.....you know for those quick shots, but the quick shot never happened. By the time I took off the cap he was running behind the house. I did step out but his ears were way better than mine he heard me and took off. I did click but I am the only one who can tell what I was aiming for smile

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Camellia Staab 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Thank you! I was so worried for a minute there. And how lucky that you got your very own house call! It always feels extra special to get a visit like that. smile  It's a bummer to miss out on the shot, but I'm sure it will stay in your memory. They do have amazing hearing!

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Antonio Gil 2 months ago

So much better than cities full of people isn't it? Love the pictures

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Antonio Gil 1 month, 3 weeks ago

So much! Being out in places like this keeps me sane. Thank you, Antonio!

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Björn Roose 2 months ago

Great shots and a happy ending for the deer smile

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Björn Roose 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Thank you. I think I would have been crushed if anything bad had happened to that baby!

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Björn Roose Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Wild animals and the human world of fences and streets, they are not made to fit together ... Alas, that human world is everywhere.

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Benny Law 2 months ago

So many cute animal friends in a lovely nature setting. I'm envious, Bethany. Thanks for the story and the beautiful pictures.

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Benny Law 2 months ago

I'm so glad you enjoyed it! smile This park has always been very good to me for animal encounters.

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