Earlier this afternoon, there was a great commotion near the top of one of the spruce trees. I looked over to see a crow dive-bombing something in the tree. Only an Eagle or a Merlin could be making the crows so distressed.
Many times each day, this small orange butterfly travels to and fro along a narrow corridor with the garden at one end and a pond at the other. Sometimes it perches for a brief time on a dried up leaf. When I approach, the butterfly takes flight and continues its exploration.
Today, a doe and her youngster came to browse in the nearby brush as well as to check the bird feeders. The youngster stayed hidden, but the doe was much bolder. I have seen these two deer before - in the summer when the youngster was just a fawn and lately when they've both been browsing on the hillside.
A doe eats Serviceberry twigs
while her youngster browses between the trees.
This additional photo shows that the doe is probably pregnant.
The gestation period for Mule Deer is about 210 days with the birth of possibly two fawns occurring sometime in May.