I had noticed several trails that led from the upper bank right down into the water and wondered what had made them. At first I thought of boat trailers being backed down to the water, but the creek wasn't deep enough for any kind of boat. And, I wondered if maybe it was from people walking down into the creek. But the deer answered my questions.
After a group had fed for a few minutes around the feeder they began to wander toward the creek. In groups of 2 or 3 they then came down the creek bank following the little trails and into the water. Some walked across and a few almost appeared to swim across. All came up out of the water, shook themselves off and proceeded to move on to a field across the way to complete their evening meal. None of them noticed me sitting on the swing. I was amazed and felt like I was almost a part of their world. Almost, but not quite.