Breakfast with the deer

My new habit is to get up before sunrise, just to see if the color can possibly be any better than it was yesterday.  Today was cloudy, but there were visitors in the backyard that drew my attention.  In fact, not just my backyard, but my neighbors’ backyards as well:  the local deer herd of 3 does and their 3 offspring were dining on bird seed and other delectables.

Bambi was thoroughly washing the grass with her tongue to pick up every stray seed that had fallen from the feeder.  Note big wet spot...

Bambi was thoroughly washing the grass with her tongue to pick up every stray seed that had fallen from the feeder. I think this is one of the twin fawns produced this summer; her sibling was busy with a different food source.

I threw a few rotten apples over by the fence, and the deer managed to find them in less than 6 hours.

I threw a few rotten apples over by the fence, and the deer managed to find them in less than a day.

Definitely a mouthful!  She reminded me of a heron with a fish to big to swallow the way she jostled the apple around in her mouth before getting it crunched up.

Definitely a mouthful! She reminded me of a heron with a fish to big to swallow the way she jostled the apple around in her mouth before getting it crunched up.

All that eating required some water to wash the food down.  I have never seen the deer show any interest in this bird bath in the summer.

All that eating required some water to wash the food down. I have never seen the deer show any interest in this bird bath in the summer.

Amazing! Deer drinks from bird bath!

Amazing! Deer drinks from bird bath!

The things you see when you get up early!

11 thoughts on “Breakfast with the deer

    • So true. I almost feel like I know these two (twins) having seen them so often over the last 6 months. It’s great that they feel so uninhibited about stepping into my backyard 20 feet from the house.

  1. Another lovely post. I am really enjoying poking through your blog this morning! Deer numbers here have exploded in recent years. I have seen them in local streets and running beside major trunk roads in the middle of the day.

    • Interesting — I suppose the deer in your area have the same protection in urban/suburban areas as they do here. Unless they suffer from malnutrition, I think every fawn probably lives to reproduce because there really are no predators.

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