At 4:15 a.m., seven deer graze, stroll and do not even glance at the house. During daylight hours, they look up at the house every few seconds, turning those big sound catchers that pass for ears.
They seem to think the house sleeps soundly at night.
Yesterday afternoon, I walked out the front door and heard the most extraordinary bellowing noise. It sounded a little like something extreme had gotten hold of a bassoon and was testing its limits. The sound was coming from that area where the driveway curves around and disappears, with forest on either side. It was going away, and by the time Buck joined me, it was out of earshot. He said it was probably a deer.
“A deer made that sound?” It was so loud; so acoustical.
“Most likely. Deer make a lot of different sounds; not just through their noses,with their breath. Sometimes, they open up their mouths and vocalize.”
“Really. Well. Bet I can google up some deer sounds later.”
Click here for a link to some amazing sounds. I’m pretty sure the one I heard was a “contact” call, but it was louder and longer than the one you will hear on the link.