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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Our Second Snow Day!

The bird feeders were filled again this morning, but it's not just birds eating the sunflower seeds.  Here's one of two does that visited at lunch time no less to eat the spilled seed.



I didn't realize that when I sprinkled the seed on the snow for ground feeding birds that I'd also be feeding the deer.









Here she is outside Dan's study window oblivious to him sitting there.


Somehow she sees me taking her picture from the great room.


She's had enough so she heads off.


I remember a time when it was unusual to see deer.  Even when we'd vacation in West Virginia when the daughters were young it was a special event to happen upon the deer feeding in the fields at dusk.  Now they're out and about at all times and are everywhere.

Post script: 12-21-13 Linking to Saturday's Critters.
Snow in these photos is disappearing fast as our temps are at 50º and climbing.

11 comments:

2 Tramps said...

Beautiful photos! And a really great looking deer. Do you think it might be a young buck rather than a doe? It appears to have some little nubbin spots where the antlers could be coming in. I haven't really seen whitetail deer this close - so maybe they all look like that.

Marcia said...

You may be right but I thought the bucks would still have their antlers at this time of year. Maybe not.

HolleyGarden said...

So much snow!!! It's gorgeous! The deer must really appreciate any food they can find right now. I'm amazed how close they come to the house. They can really be quite courageous. I wonder if hunting has become a sport that is not as popular as in the past, and if that is why we are seeing so many more deer. I think we see more here, too - and I don't think we have the hunters around like we have had in the past.

Betsy Adams said...

Great photos. I always worry about the critters this time of year. Beautiful snow… Wish we'd get some here!!!! Sigh! ha

Thanks for your sweet comment about my 101 yr. old father-in-law dying. He lived an amazing life--and never once was in the hospital. That's an inspiration.

Merry Christmas.
Hugs,
Betsy

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

She is beautiful...your photos of her are just wonderful!

I have seed in feeders as well as some in a birdbath and some scattered on the ground. What I discovered is that for some weird reason my DOGS like the seed and were eating some. No clue if that is common or not...and it is not as if they were starving or anything. Strange :)

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Wow....'rein'deer just in time for the holidays!!!
How sweet these photos are. Lovely creatures and exceptional photo shares.

TexWisGirl said...

she's beautiful!

Debbie said...

one of my favorite subjects to photograph, i would have wet my pants to be this close!!

it's so hard for them to find food when it snows, i am not surprised he came in so close!!

a wonderful entry and beautiful images for saturday critters!!

eileeninmd said...

What a pretty doe! I am sure the deer appreciate the birdseed too with all the snow on the ground. Great shots! Thanks for linking up to Saturday's Critters! Enjoy your weekend!

Ela said...

Beautiful pictures :)

Gunilla Bäck said...

What a beautiful animal!

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