So to pick up where I left off in my last post, the dark blob is growing, moving, changing shape and I’m convinced I must have lost my mind. Suddenly the dogs start barking, and I think ok, maybe I’m not crazy. I see the lower part of the blob moving downward and almost separating from the main blob. At this point, with the dog barking bolstering my last hopes that it wasn’t in my mind or some crazy new vision problem, I pestered my husband who was trying to go back to sleep.
Me: ”Honey, please look out the window and tell me if you see a big black blob.”
Me: ”A big dark blob just outside the window, and it’s moving.”
Me: ”Ok, it’s really moving now! Look! Look! Please tell me you see it too!”
And it was just a second after that, when I realized what it was. Remember how I’d said that there was snow on the ground and a bright moon? Well, there actually was something moving around outside the window. But where I’m not used to it being that bright outside at night, AND I have poor depth perception when my eyes are wonky and not working well in the middle of the night, it was NOT up against the window. It was approximately 20 yards out. And “it” was a Mommy White-tailed deer and her 3 yearlings (last spring’s babies) that decided to come into our yard to graze on the grass at night!
We got up and watched them, then another doe with her one yearling, came out of the woods and into the yard as well, for a total of five.
Normally we wouldn’t be able to see that part of the property at night, but I guess where the moon was so bright reflecting off of the snow, it made it possible. And their bodies appeared like a big blob until they started to move apart. LOL
Two came back yesterday evening right before dark and I tried to get a photograph, but I was downstairs and only got off one shot (which was not good through the window with glare from the kitchen lights) so you can’t see them well. But I’ll include it here anyway. This was taken from me being downstairs looking up the hill at them. But during the night they were standing in this same spot, but I was upstairs looking out my bedroom window, which is about level with where they are standing.
It’s not typical for them to come quite this close to my house. I’m guessing they were looking for sources of good healthy grass.
I think it’s interesting to think about them moving around silently doing their thing, while we sleep. I love living so close to wildlife.
Regardless, I was relieved that my mystery blob was a happy group of deer, nothing bad, and I wasn’t seeing things that weren’t there.