On the way home from Poppy’s visit to the veterinarian on Thursday, I stopped by Pawlings Farm (a.k.a Walnut Hill), my favorite section in Valley Forge National Historical Park , hoping to spot whitetail deer fawns. Since walking is difficult, I took these photos through the car window.
Young Whitetail Deer doe among tall grass and milkweed.
She’s nervous, and…
Dashes across the gravel drive in front of my car.
Once across the drive, she joins her brother, a young spike buck in velvet.
Grand old ruin of a barn, the Wetherill barn, the largest stone barn in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.
That’s a young turkey vulture perched on the barn roof. I love to watch them drop off the roof and glide over the field to gain altitude.
Remains of the stone fence around the barn. That’s catnip growing in front.
More of the fence. I think in parts field stone faced a brick base.
A pair of American Kestrels or sparrow hawks danced above the meadows with one youngster, often perching on a sign or fence post. It was hard to get a photo with my point and shoot Nikon. On the way out, I managed to get one through the car’s front window.
It was already 90 F. at 11 a.m., Miss Poppy received 4 vaccines earlier, and I felt sick, so I started for home. I didn’t see fawns this time, but one young doe surprised me:
She’s one of last year’s fawns: