Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Bucks have it

Six-point buck, photo taken 1-6-14 in my (then) front yard.  

We moved last May from a country place to a cozy home in a neighborhood where the houses are close together and everyone has a high backyard fence for privacy.  I'm planning gardens now without regard to what dear eat, although we'll still focus on native habitat.  We're happy our landscape won't be on the deer trail; I'm secretly sad I won't look out the window on a sunny morning and see a twelve-point buck grazing.

Twelve-point buck in the (former) front yard 1-28-14.

We thought we'd also be leaving raccoons behind. No such luck. The neighbor across the street feeds a family of raccoons on her back porch. That family soon invited itself to our porch, finding bird feeders full of seed. 

We take the feeders in at night now but our cats watch the windows and tell us when the raccoons stop by to see if we forgot.  Sometimes they score, which says something about which side is more consistent.  

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  1. Happy gardening without ruminant intervention this go round. I'm sure your views will evolve to thrill you in other ways!

    Those bucks are majestic to watch sure enough, but I've never been comfortable with them moseying around our subdivision knowing the elevated risks for night time collisions. The herd here has been around since before the homes were built however, so it is hard to make much of a case for the humans having first dibs over the deer (or the raccoons either, for that matter).

  2. my 4 dogs had 3 raccoons treed this morning. but we don't get deer, here! i've seen them further down the country (mostly uninhabited) roads, but never on this property.

  3. Hi Kathleen,
    as you know from my blog [], we have plenty of deer around, since we're living right at the edge of Fredericksburg and there's no fence around our property. But I've seen a buck only 2 or 3 times, and not such a magnificent one at that. Without a fence, there's not much we can do about the deer eating whatever they like. But we don't mind. We'll adjust to them, not the other way round. ;)
    Have a great Sunday,

  4. I don't think it is possible to leave the raccoons behind! They will find a way...


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