These two young deer came by today to check out the birdseed. They are looking very healthy in their Winter fur. Despite the cold they must appreciate the reprieve from the deer fly that torment them leaving them looking ragged and unhealthy.
A sudden snow storm hit Sunday night. As often the case in our area, we’re having literal snow day as the rain and melt has started. I thought I should get some photographs while I could.
The deer came by to see what they could find under the bird feeder
The snow dressed up our road a bit
A corner of the garden
It was a very heavy snow, turning our ferns into fern igloos
In the past couple of days we have had close to 8 inches of rain. Very uncomfortable for deer and people!
Fortunately the sun came out today and this young doe took some time out to dry out.
We are having quite a lot of rain right now and for some reason the deer like to come and sleep on our lawn during the inclement weather. I’m not sure why but it might be that the forest is noisy in the wind and rain and the deer feel safer in the open where they can see and hear any predators. This is also mating season and these two are taking a break. The buck follows the female everywhere and the only respite she gets is to lie down on the lawn. There are also three other does around and an immature buck but these two are our faithful visitors.
This buck has been around for years and is very friendly and it has been wonderful watching him grow from a fawn to the magnificent animal he is.
Enjoying and wanting to coexist with deer and other wildlife while having a garden has meant some compromise. Rather than fence our entire 11 acres we have chosen to erect protective fences around our favourite plants.
The ‘cages’ are easily made with waste pieces of wood from milling our trees and 6 foot high deer fencing. While looking a bit odd it does the trick – we enjoy our flowers, veggies and shrubs and the deer can eat what wild deer should be eating.