You don’t appreciate the impact that a long winter and a cold spring has on wildlife until you see a couple of survivors like this.
I was out looking for warblers at one of the local parks when I saw a small herd of four deer working their way through the shrubs coming toward me. They were so intent on grabbing every green leaf they could, they just ignored me, even as I walked closer to them. Leaves have only just emerged from buds the last couple of days, and so it has been more than six months since these deer had anything resembling nutritious food. No wonder they are in such bad shape.