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"Our Deer Family"

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As a gardener I moan about the damage that the deer do but I can’t help ooh aahing when I see them. I am happier now that the garden has matured and that I have sufficient to share with the wildlife.
We have just spent the most wonderful 45 minutes watching the deer in our alley. Since last summer we have regularly seen Mum and the twins and watched the babies grow up. In the last couple of weeks I have seen a lone deer in the field next door several times and have been trying to see if it was growing antlers – aged eyes is the problem. This morning “he” was in the alley about 40 metres from our window so, having located the binoculars, we were able to verify that he was a male with antlers about a foot (30cm) long. We rarely see stags and they have always been alone. Therefore it was a total surprise to see the male joined by Mum and the twins and feeding together for about half an hour. It’s not the rutting season which is August so we can only assume they were playing “happy families”. They certainly made us happy.

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You are so lucky Sue to see such a lovely group.

20 Jan, 2015

 

Nature is amazing

20 Jan, 2015

 

One way to distinguish between a doe and a buck -sans antlers- is the shape of the head between the ears. In the doe, the head is rounded between the ears while the buck the head is flat between the ears. In the USA, even with harvesting, we have very large herds of deer. While in the state of Pennsylvania a few years back I was on a road that actually had to be closed off by the state police as a herd of hundreds of deer crossed it, I had never before seen such a sight.

21 Jan, 2015

 

Brilliant!

21 Jan, 2015

 

I s'pose I wouldn't want them in my garden but it must be wonderful to have them close enough to watch them, especially seeing the young ones growing up...

21 Jan, 2015

 

Sounds beautiful. I too was hoping for a photo - next time perhaps?

21 Jan, 2015

 

We would love to see some pics and although we would not like them in the garden, they are fascinating to watch.

22 Jan, 2015

 

We have lots of deer on Vancouver Island.....munching on my plants. I am still trying to teach them where it is OK for them to be and where it is not. They are not shy to come very close to the house. I have learnt to live with them but I moan about the damage to my plants too.

24 Jan, 2015

 

Oh yes...photos please !

24 Jan, 2015

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