Thursday, March 29, 2018

Deer in the Snow

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.


Kay L. Davies said...

Wonderful deer photos, Woody!
We had to stop putting out seed for the birds because the seed that was dropped on the ground attracted mice. Now we have a lively little dog who barks at everything, including deer and birds!
Thanks for sharing your pictures.
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betty-NZ said...

How awesome to have such lovely visitors! The photos are so nice and clear, too.

Lady Fi said...

What lovely shots.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, The deer are pretty. We do not see many around here, they are shy due to hunting. I am sure when there is snow on the ground the critters appreciate the corn. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend. Happy Easter to you and your family.

A Colorful World said...

Great Critter Cam shots! We don't feed our local deer either, and I have to be careful about putting bird seed out because we have a very destructive type of squirrel here that will burrow under your house and cause damage to the underpinnings of your home. We've already found one tunnel and put rat poison in the opening to kill the critter. I sometimes put out a little bit of seed on the deck but mostly stick with the suet feeders which gets me lots of bird visitors, which is awesome. As long as the squirrels don't come by, I feel like we are ok.

Angie said...

Terrific shots of the deer! We just took in our bird feeders ... the bears will start emerging from dens soon and we don't want them learning our neighborhood is a good supermarket!