I am experiencing wildlife withdrawal. I miss the tremendous diversity of wildlife I saw every day in the African savanna. Even the local birds have deserted my backyard (of course that could be because the bird feeders were empty for a while). I have roamed the backyard (and the wetlands beyond the backyard) in vain over the last couple of weeks in search of something besides squirrels and chickadees. Finally a couple of yearling deer took pity on me and came in for a visit.
My neighbors tell me this pair has been roaming the neighborhood, gobbling up the last remnants of wildflowers and herbaceous greenery before the hard frosts arrive. They certainly are tame, foraging in the backyard in broad daylight, and even allowing me to stand close (within 25 feet) to them while they eat.