Sunday, November 11, 2012

'Tis the Season

I woke up at daylight this morning to movement in the yard.  Five deer were running one after the other, backyard to front, front yard to back.  Three were does, two were bucks.

Halloween is over but not for the does--a buck is her nightmare.  He'll chase her until she's too tired to move and then he'll mount her.  She'll bear hoof marks on her sides for a month and later a swollen belly.

 If the months ahead are hard and dry she'll have a single fawn.  In a good one, twins.  And they'll drink out of our birdbaths, poach the birdseed and munch our plants.


So I'm not too fond of that buck either.

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

More Rufous Hummingbirds

Subadult Rufous Hummingbird

The last ruby-throated and blackchinned hummingbirds passed through here weeks ago.  Hopefully they're well along the way to buggy, flowery wintering grounds in Mexico and Central America. 

But two new hummingbirds flew in a couple of weeks ago--both subadult rufous hummingbirds (male I think).  They've been here at least a week now.  

Same thing happened last year and one stayed all winter.  Nobody told him that we're not on his migratory route and even if we were, he's supposed to keep going before cold kills the bugs and flowers in our garden.

I'm hoping these two are just topping up their tanks before they move along.   

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