I have new guests at the farm and what a surprise. It was around 4 am when I went out to bring more water and check on folks that I realized someone was watching me. After the experience with the Badger I was on alert but did not see anything and the dogs where silent. I went about my task and as I moved the large cattle panel that lines the driveway from the yard my headlamp reached the front deck of the house. The open space under the deck is often a resting place for my animals when I let them graze the front but this time the light reflected back 8 set of large eyes. I did not panic but stood still for a moment to clear my blurry eyes and to listen closely to hear the sounds that might be coming from those eyes. It was hard to make out the shapes but I could tell they where not something that was to harm me but rather they just wanted out of the bone chilling cold.
I walked slowly to the shop door which is only inches from the deck. The shapes did not move other then having their eyes track me. I went through the door and closed it behind me knowing that I was inside and safe. I did make a mental note and started a pot of coffee. I could hear the shapes leaving their snuggle spot as the sun started to peek it's way over the easterner horizon.. I went to find the camera and position myself to get a couple of pictures of the new guests. By the time I found the camera I had missed my chance so I had to wait just a bit longer until I had finished my next check and all had their breakfast.
Here is who came to visit. It is a new group of deer. What was exciting is there is a Mother with a set of Twins - WOW!! They have been wondering around the whole day. Nibbling, Watching and as the sun set they have found a place under the front large pine trees to settle in for the night.