Sunday, January 11, 2009

Deeries!

In the January entry of Walk When The Moon is Full, the family hear deer outdoors and the mother puts apples on the windowsill to 'see if the deer come to eat them' and of course they do. If I had had apples in the fridge, I would have done the same last night. When I went outdoors for a (very) few minutes, I didn't see or hear any deer. But last night I suddenly awoke and looked out the window and there were two of them - one rustling the phlox bushes and the other eating right out of the bird feeder! This had actually happened twice earlier this week in the daytime so I could take pictures out the window.


This dear deer was munching on a lilac.

17 comments:

  1. Sweet! Great photos. We enjoy seeing the deer around our place as well.

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  2. I'm sure some people don't welcome them in their garden where, doubtless, they can do damage but I would love it. Fancy having visitors like that popping round to see you.

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  3. I love deer!! Once we had a little fawn eating on a bush out front. I tried not to scare it away but all good things must come to an end!!

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  4. I too, took pictures of deer from inside the kitchen yesterday - they didn't turn out very well though. And I too, have been reading Walter de la Mare lately. And I have just written a post about the moon.
    Margaretha

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  5. I saw 5 deer yesterday driving to Jackson, MS. Lots of fawns! :)

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  6. I guess they eat whatever they can find this time of year with snow on the ground. They are pretty to look at but they do so much damage. The bucks used to break our little Christmas trees off on our Christmas tree farm when we lived in NJ.

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  7. Do you know, Nan, if the buds for spring leaves are already on the branches at this time of year? I know they are on some of my maples.

    In any case, they are cuties for sure!

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  8. Last summer, with the windows open at night, I would hear little munching noises outside after the sun went down...I thought I was hearing bunnies because it was such a delicate little sound...but I became more and more curious as each night went by with these mysterious little munchers right outside my window...one night I jumped up to look out, and it was a deer, munching the apples still on the tree right outside the window! :)

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  9. Yes, the poor little things are starved if they are eating birdseed. All that lovely snow is not so good for wildlife.

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  10. I too, took pictures of deer from inside the kitchen yesterday - they didn't turn out very good though. And I too, have been reading Walter de la Mare lately. And I have just written a post about the moon.
    Margaretha

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  11. Oh sweet. I wish I lived in a place where deer sightings would be both likely and safe for the deer. Nice photos. :)

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  12. This may seem an unusual question but I've looked a the deer photos several times and cannot figure out what I'm trying to figure...

    Last week while driving on a back road there was a deer standing on the side of the road. We honked - she scurried away with her friend and while they were white-tails (common to this area), the coats were darker than usual. Usually they seem to be a light to medium fawn. These were a bit darker to almost a darkish brown.

    The deer in your photo seem to be the same color.

    What are your thoughts?

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  13. Linda - Not to impose, but thought I would chime in, in response. The deer in our area (NE Ohio) are the same way. Reddish fawn all summer, then darker in the winter. As far as I know it's just their winter coat and it comes in darker. It's just the nature of the best.

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  14. I love these comments; honestly, my blog has the best, intelligent, interesting readers! I'll start with Linda's question:
    I looked it up on (where else?!) google, and found this written about deer in spring:
    "Out in the woods, deer likewise are changing their attire from the dark-colored heavy winter coat to a lighter, reddish summercoat"
    So, it must be a winter-colored coat! Thanks for asking so I could find out, too.

    Yes, they can do damage, as I read about in so many places, but here, other than maybe chomping off a bit of bud (yes, Aisling- probably the bud that will turn into flowers or leaves) we never have deer problems. We are in the middle of many acres of woods, and they have lots to eat there.
    Lisa, I don't think they are starving - they've got good bellies showing. Tom thinks they are just eating what's around as they stroll out of the woods in the winter. They are frisking around on the lawn and really seem fine. That said, Tom talked to the woman at the feed store about feeding them, and she said we could use some of our 'sweet feed' that is leftover from when we needed to give it to our late donkey, Juno. Tom put out some little piles last night, and you guessed it, they ate it right up! He just put our some more for tonight's moonlight brunch. :<)
    Em, we seem to share one mind, separated by a few miles. :<)
    Mibsy, I loved reading about 'your' deer.
    I know it's silly and anthropomorphic but we feel honored and graced when they come so close to the house.

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  15. Earth Heart, you and I must have been writing at the same time. :<) Our internet has been down all day, and I'm just responding to comments now. You are not imposing at all. I love it that a commenter talks to another commenter here. It's just wonderful, and you said just about what I did. :<) Thank you for reading, and for commenting.

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  16. Terrific. Reminds me of the book Katie Kittenheart (hart?) I read years ago and adored. (She got to feed deer apples in a moonlit orchard). Always appealed.

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  17. Susan, I haven't heard of the book, and am off to look. Thanks for the mention! (I just did a search and haven't found anything - help!)

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