I was feeling a bit smug as I tramped around Rossmoor Bar with the Big Guy yesterday morning; I’d already come up with a bright idea for a blog post title (see above) based on my lack of confidence at finding any deer, let alone giant bucks, in the fog. But then after walking around for over an hour and […]
Here are a few images from my visit to Rossmoor Bar this morning, on the south side of the American River in Rancho Cordova. While the bike and hiking trails that run alongside the river are pleasant enough, sometimes it’s more rewarding to break away from the crowds and follow your own path.
I’m not sure how long this young Blacktail buck was standing there watching us approach. He was hiding in plain sight just off the dirt trail — but neither of us spotted him until he decided we were close enough, thanks very much, and turned to trot behind the bushes and out of sight.
Now that the weather is taking a definite turn toward cooler temperatures, we’re seeing more signs of the annual deer rutting season. Yesterday I went back to the Rossmoor Bar area with the Big Guy, arriving before sunrise — let me tell you, it was surprisingly cold, even after the sun came up! We saw at least 30 deer as […]
We went looking for deer along the American River bike trail in Rancho Cordova yesterday morning. Not surprisingly, we managed to spot more females than males; the bucks are especially camera shy. These deer do their best to avoid humans, but they feel quite safe hiding among the dredger tailings and are used to seeing bicycle traffic. They did seem […]
Last Tuesday the Big Guy took me out to a new spot along the south bank of the American River. He’d been seeing black-tail bucks in the area as he passed through on his bike, and he was pretty certain I could get some good photos. Parking costs $5 in this portion of county-controlled greenbelt — but I think we […]
Last Wednesday after a rainy morning, the weather calmed down a bit, and I ventured out to do some exploring over the dredger tailings on Mississippi Bar. I saw only one or two other people in the hour or so I was there; but an alert doe took notice of my arrival. She seemed to be all alone, and she […]
What happens when you surprise a couple of does on your morning walk? If you’re lucky, they stand around for a few minutes, staring at you and trying to decide what their next move should be. These two girls seemed inclined to carry on as before, picking their way up the hill to my left — until they suddenly heard […]