This has been one odd winter, warm and spring-like, then cold and snowy, then back again to balmy temperatures with the snow all melted. In mid-March, just before the snow that was forecast began falling, we scattered a bit of corn on the ground in an attempt – futile – to keep the gray squirrels away from the bird feeders.
Some squirrels fed on the corn but they prefer the sunflower seed in the feeders. With the snow came the white-tailed deer, the deer stayed for a while as the snow fell; they worked through the layer of snow to feed on the corn –
Four days later the snow had totally melted and the deer came back to find the few remaining kernels of corn –
For a number of reasons we don’t deliberately put out corn for the neighborhood deer, but they couldn’t resist the small amount of corn that was put out for the squirrels.