Judy Chivers answered her phone and was immediately told she wouldn’t believe the news. It was her friend, Valerie Bishop Jones, another resident of the Orchards of Habersham Grove, a small retirement community on Nuckolls Road near the heart of Forsyth County, and she’d just posted pictures on Facebook. Chivers had to see them, Jones said.
“You’re not going to believe what just happened,” Jones said. “Momma deer had twins.”
Indeed, Chivers saw the pictures, taken by Lewis Pita, another resident in the community, of a mother deer nudging her two newborn fawns along a neighborhood sidewalk on Monday, July 8. The residents believe the mother gave birth the day before.
Jones’ husband, Marshall, discovered the little ones while walking the couple’s dog, Tootsie, Chivers said. He came home and excitedly reported the discovery to Jones. She notified Pita, who is known in the community as an avid photographer, Chivers said, and lives in the area of where the fawns were found. He took the assignment with enthusiasm.
Jones posted Pita’s pictures to the community’s Facebook page, and they generated plenty of reaction.
“They just think it’s awesome,” Chivers said.
Chivers thinks she had seen the mother deer before, in the woods outside her bedroom window, and she wonders if nearby construction of a new sidewalk along Nuckolls Road forced the mother deer out into the open to give birth. After she did, the mother deer left the two fawns, but later returned and guided them back to the cover of the woods.
The Orchards of Habersham Grove’s 88 homes are just minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Buford Highway, but the community is no stranger to wildlife visitors, Chivers said. Residents regularly see rabbits and possums and all manner of birds — robins and woodpeckers and even a great blue heron that makes frequent stops at the neighborhood’s retention pond, Chivers said.
“It’s amazing what we see back in that little alcove,” she said.