This is a sight we see a lot of around here. I took this photo last Feb. 8
on the hill behind our house. I was out in the yard with the dog and happened
to glance up the hill to see this sight.
There were probably about 20 deer that day. We used to see them
every year in the winter if there was enough stubble for them to graze on.
Aren't they beautiful? They hear us out there, see their ears? But,
some are just ignoring us and continue eating. In the summer they
come down to the neighbour's garden which is just behind our tree line
and nibble on all the green goodies there.
I cropped this photo so you could get a better look.
This herd of deer roam all over our area in search of food. The have
destroyed ornamental trees, shrubs and plants in the process.
They love cedar, hostas, tulips and many other tasty greens.
They also are a hazzard on the road as they dash out from the trees
or fields in the dark and run into cars. Sometimes, sadly, they are killed.
We have been hit twice by deer within a mile of our house and our son
has been hit as well. They cause thousands of dollars of damage.
One of the reasons there are so many deer in our area is that people
feel sorry for them and feed them all year and especially in the winter.
Because there are so many homes in our area they cannot be hunted during
deer season in the fall as it is illegal to hunt within 200 meters of any home
or roadway. These deer are smart as they know where it is safe to live.
There are also apple orchards where they
eat the tender branches all year around and of course the juicy apples in fall.
One apple farmer had a 10 foot high 6 wire electric fence installed around his
huge orchard to protect the trees. I have seen deer jump between the wires
to get in and out of the orchard unscathed! Oh, they are very smart indeed!
I took this picture from the car window in September 2009.
He or she stopped munching on some greens to pose.
That's an ornamental heron as these deer are in someone's garden!
Three deer crossing the street a few minutes later. See the three doves?
I mentioned that deer love cedar trees and hostas and tulips amongst many
other lovely greens but they have never bothered the ones we have
in our yard. Maybe it's because we have a dog and he likes to leave
his scent everywhere. :-)
We're getting a lot of snow here today from the huge storm system that is
sweeping across North America and affecting so many in the US, southern Ontario,
Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces. The Groundhog Day storm is creating a lot of havoc
everywhere. However, Mr. Groundhog did not see his shadow today so we
can only hope that 'spring like weather' will only be 6 weeks away!
Stay warm and safe!
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