I got notice of my first “confirmed” fawn sighting near North Campus and the VA yesterday– a pair.
I would have thought it was early, but on questioning my source, who is an engineer, who said that he did not see spots (distance), but the mother was 4 times bigger than the babies, I believe him. This was on April 4th.
Here are two pictures, the first one is of my yard this morning with 6 of the 9+ deer in the yard gathered to eat in my garden.
The second picture was taken last year, just about in the exact spot. You can see the very young fawn in the front, with Mom in the rear of the Allium and Peony which are well ahead of what they are this year, so I think this picture was taken early to mid-May. I’m guessing this year’s Mom was impregnated very early last fall.
Also note the deer in the first picture with the large pale spot on her back. This is the second time I have seen this deer.
I would love to get information from others who also see her; curious to know the range of her travels.
I live in NE Ann Arbor, south of Plymouth Rd, and have since 1980.
Deer have been around my house for the last few years– devasting any plantings that I have, trees and shrubs that existed when I moved in. I’m going to post some pictures of my “old garden” and the deer that have been in my yard over the years
If you look carefully at this picture taken 4 years ago, you can see my arborvitae in the background, creating a full screen, blocking my view of the neighbor’s yard.
This is my arborvitae “hedge” now
Deer in my yard last winter. We have had herds as large as 18 deer go through at once.
Leaving some scat behind as a “thanks” for me.
Buck in my backyard, 2013
Buck in my yard early December, 2015
A few years back– notice the full hedge of arborvitae
I just got finished reading the article in MLive today on “Ann Arbor deer population topic of Dec. 10 public meeting at Huron High”
Couldn’t help but noticing the headline for a related story–“Oh, deer: 50 car crashes caused by Ann Arbor herd in 2013”.
Since I have seen 3 dead deer in the last two months within 3 blocks of my home near the corner of Green Rd and Glacier, I don’t understand how there could only have been 50 deer hit during the whole of 2013 in all of Ann Arbor.
Maybe there is another definition of a car crash or of what constitutes the Ann Arbor herd??
Has to be under-reported.
As we were going out last night to go to dinner and see some of the beautiful color around, we didn’t get too far before running across this grouping – 4 deer, at least to begin with, at the corner of Green and Hubbard. This was just a few blocks from my home.
This morning it looks, this is what I woke up to on my deck. It looks like that grouping, or some close relatives, visited during the night.
See that black hose by the flower pots? Its connected to a motion sensor that squirts when it detects something moving. Too bad it must have been pointed in the wrong direction. Hard to anticipate where the deer will be coming from.
We’ve had some similar, but smaller damage over the summer– but was kind of hoping it was just a bad wind day. I don’t see that as a possiblity this time.
This last week I saw deer over by Pattingill School, corner of Crestland and St. Francis.
This was around 6:30 pm. Surprisingly, just a block away were people outside, chatting and one with a dog on a leash.
This is in Ward 4
On the way to a WC4WB meeting, I ran into two does who were casually crossing Bardstown, Ward 2
And I mean casually– no rush; and my car was right there! I was late for the meeting because I waited on them.
Around 7:00 pm
On the way back from an outing at WCC last night– again two does on Earhart Rd.
It was around 10:30 pm
Yesterday I was informed of a deer that was dead on the side of Green Rd near Glazier, about a block from my home. Within 15 minutes I was out of my house to document the accident. My husband and I walked up and down the area looking for this dead deer that was supposed to be just up a grassy slope on someone’s property, on Green. No deer to be found.
However, we did see this area on the sidewalk with large pools of blood. We also saw an indentation on the mulched area of the lawn where we assumed the deer had landed or layed down. Couldn’t believe the city was so fast in cleaning up a dead deer.
On closer examination, I saw a number of hoof prints, which could have been made earlier before the accident, but maybe showed that the deer was not really dead and had managed to wander off, in close proximity to my home, injured.
"The native plants are tramped down, the bushes are gnawed, and my three-year-old grandson can't play in the back yard because of the deer droppings. If humans entered our property and exacted such a toll we would have legal recourse We're watching the curb appeal and property value decline at a time when our taxes are rising. We are without defense."
M. Holland, Ann Arbor resident