Oh deer me!


Who didn’t enjoy the story of  “Bambi” when growing up?  I loved that book and the movie too.  Come to think of it, there never seemed to be a shortage of wonderful animal stories and movies when I was a youngster.

I’ve never outgrown my love of animals, and every so often I’ll crack open one of my worn and dog-eared pocketbooks in the series written by British country vet James Herriott about his life’s work with animals, just because it will give me a smile.

I don’t remember if the good doctor treated any deer in his practice, but he was a country vet and so he might have fixed up a few cloven-hoofed critters, besides cows, in his day.

I know I’ve used this photo before in one of my earlier blog posts around deer hunting time.  The picture was taken at Algonquin Park in Northern Canada, when I was six years old.  I’d probably get just as big of a kick feeding a deer today as I did back in 1962.


On most of my excursions to Council Point Park, I’m sure to find some water fowl, songbirds, a passel of squirrels, even a line of turtles flipping into the water or sunning themselves on a half-submerged log.  Then, there are the occasional oddball sightings like gophers, herons and mute swans.  Last month I saw a raccoon, but that was a first, and, apparently it was the last time for that raccoon as I’ve not seen it since.

When I first began walking at the Park in 2013, I was speaking with an avid runner named Todd, who told me he had been running at the Park every weekend for over a decade, and he described the wide variety of critters he had glimpsed at that venue, among them a coyote, and a red fox.  I told him I’d be sure to always have a camera on hand to capture an image of them.  Coyotes and red fox have not appeared yet, but I am hopeful.

The latest unusual critter at or around Council Point Park is a deer.  On the local crime reports on Facebook, (which often report accidents as well as crimes), there have been four different deer sightings in and around our city, including down at Council Point Park.  Sadly, all four now have a dearly departed status after they appeared out of nowhere, and then sprung across busy Dix Highway and/or Fort Street.  There was a deer last Summer near my street, and last week, another one lost its life, just two blocks away.  Believe me, I do not live in a rural area, but now have to keep my eyes peeled for deer as I tool along Fort Street while I give the car a run, and also every time I walk.  At Council Point Park, while there are an abundance of bushes and trees along the Ecorse Creek, that venue is not what one would define as a densely wooded area.  So, I don’t know the reason for all the deer frequenting the Downriver area these days, but hopefully if I see one, it is in a natural setting and not in danger on a busy highway, because that would break my heart for sure.  Deer coming out of the woodwork, not the woods, is both a scary and sad situation.

On a lighter note, I’ve wanted to incorporate these photos that my friend Carol posted on her Facebook page back in April, into a blog post, and today I am going to do so.  Carol lives in Honeoye Falls, New York and her backyard is on the fringe of a wooded area.  She gets lots of woodland critters, including deer.

She looked out her window one day to see one deer eyeing the bird feeder …

Eying the seed

… and then, the next minute that deer decided to “go for it” while a “friend” patiently waited its turn in the background.  The baffle, designed to keep the squirrels from clambering up the pole to feast on the bird seed, didn’t deter the deer one bit and Carol’s quip accompanying the post was “we have a visitor making herself (?) at home in the back of the yard.”

Attacking the feeder

A little later, Carol took a photo of a deer having a little nap after eating all that bird seed, and commented “there were three more sitting in the shade under the trees between my yard and the neighbor’s.”  It might have been delightful the first time Carol saw the deer gathering in her backyard, but after they repeatedly stripped her berry bushes in record time, the beautiful deer in the idyllic setting became a little less enjoyable.

Resting after a seed snack

Today, since it was a weekend and there was no reason to scurry home, I would have liked a long, leisurely walk, but five minutes after I set out, it started to rain … likely tomorrow’s walk will also be spoiled by Mother Nature who has now worn out her welcome with the rain.

[Image from WikimediaImages on Pixabay]

About lindasschaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, and this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for over three decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, although I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too.
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12 Responses to Oh deer me!

  1. Ann Marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda……………………yes it rained this morning but not very hard……………….hey, I enjoyed Mr. James Harriet’s books on farm animals too……………………….You were a sweet looking 6yr. old girl in that picture…………………………I saw a deer by our apartments too…………….there is a large wooded area all along Reeck Rd. and the railroad…………………..I would have a very heavy heart if I saw a deer lying on Fort St.


  2. lindasschaub says:

    I should have hung in there a little longer Ann Marie – this morning it was supposed to storm and it looks like that might not happen so will try again this morning if it is not raining. I wrote you separately about what happened in the basement yesterday – rain is becoming the bane of my existence. I am hoping to get a walk in today.


  3. Noel Hartem says:

    love the post, also, I still have the Bambi poster from when it came out in VCR tapes

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Thank you Noel … I am just a sucker for animals too, as well as those nice animal movies and books that I enjoyed growing up. I’m guessing the kids today are probably not interested in those Disney movies and books. I remember shedding many a tear over “Old Yeller” and “The Red Pony” back in the day and I probably would still be sniffling if I watched those movies today.

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      • Noel Hartem says:

        The movies have definitely changed but if you pull out an old classic you will be surprised to find the kids will still enjoy them. I bring out the old vhs tapes once in a while for my grand kids…its funny because they ask me how to work the “old tape machine” (vcr)


  4. lindasschaub says:

    That’s good Noel because I’d be afraid that the real young kids would only like sci-fi or action movies. I’ve actually never used a DVD machine. When my VCR started to have audio issues, I went to Best Buy to get another one and was surprised to find they no longer made just a VCR. This was about 15 years ago. So I got a combo VCR/DVD. Never have used the DVD part of it. I used to tape movies from The Lifetime Channel, but then I cancelled my cable about 8 years ago and have not watched TV or rented movies since – at 61 years old, I’m kind of like a dinosaur. 🙂


    • lindasschaub says:

      Yes, Carol posted them on Facebook and I couldn’t resist sharing them. She’ll look out in her backyard and see a whole family of deer lounging around back there. She has a tough time keeping the possums, raccoons and skunks at bay because of the feral cats/kittens she shelters … they want to eat their food. She has shelter boxes with hay and heated pads as well as heated dishes for their water and food to use in the Winter.
      They are in the corner of her deck at her house so she has a good view of the activity that goes on and her three cats sit at the doorwall or windows and watch the ferals all day long.

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      • She is a good person.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        Yes she is Kate. I’m going to share this post I wrote about one of Carol’s kittens from a few years back. As a cat lover, you will enjoy it: https://lindaschaubblog.net/2014/11/18/kitten-caboodle/

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      • Beautiful story. I have something similar but not quite as severe. My husband told me Hazel got out. I was looking at Hazel sleeping on the chair so I went out to investigate and found a very young cat maybe 3 months or younger cowering under a bush. I called and he came running out. I took him in and fed him (and he ate like there was no tomorrow). I kept him segregated and took him to the vet on Monday. By Tuesday, I had an adopter for him. I always regretted that I didn’t keep him because he was so sweet. After he was cleared by the vet, I let him loose and my cats loved him. It did have a happy ending even though I had some regrets.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        That is a nice story Kate. Carol is quite dedicated to these cats and when they are old enough, she traps them and takes them to her vet where she pays to have the feline leukemia tests done on them, as well as their other shots to give them a clean bill of health. She also has them spayed when they are at the vet’s office, all paid by her. Then she either brings them back home or advertises their availability for adoption on a site that deals with only feral cats in the Rochester, New York area. Dewey was so cute and I was surprised she didn’t keep him.


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