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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Cold and windy day wildlife in the Great North....

Posted on 2011.02.21 at 08:28
I just woke up, expecting a world of new snow, but it didn't happen. Apparently the storm dumped its load on areas south of here. But looking out the window to check the temperature (the thermometer is showing Farenheit), I saw two of the local deer, cute but wicked eaters of shrubberies, napping in the lee of the white spruce, out of the wind.


Here they are, the nearer one looking up the moment my hand held the camera to the window. I used the zoom to move in closer. They are only about thirty feet from the window, but look farther away in photos.




Ah! The nearer one is getting up....


Nope, he didn't leave. Now he's bedding down by the woodpile, under the further spruce tree, contentedly grooming himself.

~ Mechtild


shirebound at 2011-02-21 14:45 (UTC) (Link)
Ohhhh, what a sight! They must feel safe in your yard.

Eeeeee, 20 degrees. *shivers*
mechtild at 2011-02-21 16:28 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, they sure do feel safe. There are now six back there, the two youngsters I photographed and four more, further under the trees, just over the property lines into the next two yards. We have a deer sanctuary!
not_alone at 2011-02-21 15:37 (UTC) (Link)
How amazing to have deer in your garden!! Lovely pics:)
mechtild at 2011-02-21 16:29 (UTC) (Link)
I just told Shirebound, there are now six back there under the trees, the original young pair, plus four more farther back, under the trees between the yards.

Edited at 2011-02-21 04:30 pm (UTC)
belleferret at 2011-02-21 16:05 (UTC) (Link)
Aww what cuties, but yes, they can do a number on your shrubs! :-O
mechtild at 2011-02-21 16:31 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, they're browsers, but not of books! :)
primula_baggins at 2011-02-21 16:59 (UTC) (Link)
Awww. I'm happy they found a good spot to get out of the wind in your yard.

I don't know how they can stand being in all that snow, but I guess they are equipped for it, somehow. I noticed that when the one stood up, you could see where his body had melted the snow beneath him. :-) They look so much alike, I wonder if they are siblings?

Thanks for sharing these beautiful creatures with us.
mechtild at 2011-02-21 17:08 (UTC) (Link)
They are definitely a pair. I don't know if deer have twins very often, but one might be a foster child. Deer often live in small familial groups, not the buck, but does and fauns. Sometimes more than one doe will travel together, along with their children. When the young males get too old they are urged to leave, if they don't do so on their own. Must be some natural deterrant to inbreeding. But a doe and her grown daughter can live together indefinitely.

Now, take that with a grain of salt. There are often articles in the paper about deer habits, studies of deer behaviour, since we have so many, enough to be considered a public nuisance, but I don't have an absolutely accurate memory. :)
mariole at 2011-02-21 20:23 (UTC) (Link)
Aw, how sweet! They really are terrors on the lawn, and they look so innocent!
mechtild at 2011-02-21 23:08 (UTC) (Link)
And so they are (innocent, and terros). I shooed the young ones the other day when they started eating my new Snowmound spirea. They sidled away in half-foot increments as I fussed at them and waved my arms, just ten feet away. "Aw, you don't mean it, do you, lady?" they seemed to say.
verangel at 2011-02-21 21:30 (UTC) (Link)
That's the biggest AAAAWWWWWWW ever! We have them in our yard too and there were 3 out during the day close to the road down a few streets. It seems more like October they way we are seeing so many. I love the idea they are bedded down all comfy there, especially with the snow coming. Hopefully won't eat the bark off the tree *snorts*. hugs you and loved this xoxooxox love v
mechtild at 2011-02-21 23:11 (UTC) (Link)
They are gone now; must have found some bushes they liked better elsewhere. But they hang around here regularly. You have a bunch, too? Yes, they're lovely to watch, very "aww", but wicked eaters of new plantings. :)
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mechtild at 2011-02-21 23:12 (UTC) (Link)
5-8 inches! Maybe it won't happen. 2-6 were predicted for us and we didn't get any. Well, a translucent dusting that blew away immediately. Snowed plenty south of here, though.

The deer are looking pretty healthy, yes. I don't know why. It's been plenty cold and snowy!
sayhello at 2011-02-22 00:18 (UTC) (Link)
They're looking pretty innocent just sitting there!

mechtild at 2011-02-22 03:40 (UTC) (Link)
Innocent, my eye. The wicked little pretties! :)
bellewood at 2011-02-22 01:28 (UTC) (Link)
I love the visitors you get in your garden :) They're gorgeous!!
mechtild at 2011-02-22 03:42 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, they are, Bellewood. Very pretty, very endearing, and very naughty!
frolijah_fan_54 at 2011-02-22 03:31 (UTC) (Link)
How cool that you can see deer like that from your window!! Thanks so much for the pics - really enjoyed those.

BRRRRRRR - it's cold here too.
mechtild at 2011-02-22 03:44 (UTC) (Link)
It really is neat that this window (where the computer is) looks straight back to that corner of the yard, which definitely is their hang-out.

Ha ha! to your "BRRRR" for 20 above. My last post showed the thermometer at 20 below! But you know, it felt just as cold out there at 20 above because the wind is so fierce. The wind makes such a difference.
Lavender Took
lavendertook at 2011-02-22 04:09 (UTC) (Link)
Yay for one storm missing you! And oooooooooo, aren't they lovely! "Don't mind us--we just thought you could use some lawn ornaments."
mechtild at 2011-02-22 04:21 (UTC) (Link)
Ha ha! Yeah, they're living lawn ornaments. Like those guys who cover themselves in silvery paint, throw on a sheet and hold long poses at art fairs, "living statues".
eandme at 2011-02-22 14:10 (UTC) (Link)
They're so beautiful and graceful. I've moved to the centre of a village in France now, and they don't come near my house now. But I see lots when I go for walks. You garden looks lovely btw!
mechtild at 2011-02-22 23:35 (UTC) (Link)
The garden looks lovely? Ha ha! Thank you, considering it's covered in snow and nothing's growing or blooming. I may have to do a garden post this year so you can see what it looks like back there since we put in the patio and borders the summer before last.

You moved to France?????? What part, if I may ask? I have always thought of living in France as a sort of fantasy, but here you are, actually doing it! I hope you're enjoying it.
eandme at 2011-02-23 17:08 (UTC) (Link)
I like a winter garden. The deer are perfecting the picture!

Yeah it was a dream com etrue for us as well. We have bought a medieval house in the cobblestone road behind the church of Saint Gengoux le National. It's a tall building with lots of potential, but we only moved in a little over a month ago and have sorted out a living space for ourselves and our twin boys using modern furniture et cetera. The plan is to start a B&B here, and a cafe in the shop that's on street level (currently rented out to a lady who sells yarn but we will reclaim this space in a few years time). The inspiration for the B&B and cafe is the "La Dame a la Licorne" and we are going to call our place La Licorne. I think You are familiar with the tapestries...? The shop is a completely medieval room with stone floors and walls, old wooden doors and a working fireplace. I love it. It's gonna be very rustic and hobbity!
I can go on and on about this... but one day soon I will put up some pictures which will give you a more accurate idea.

it's interesting how living in France is this concept that speaks to so many people of living a dream... like we become more real here or something. I remember it very strongly as a theme from "Revolutionary Road".
mechtild at 2011-02-23 20:36 (UTC) (Link)
It does sound like a dream. Maybe it's all the films ("An American in Paris" included), which themselves showed Americans visiting Paris (during WWII?) and falling in love with it, dreaming of going back. Or songs like Judy Collins' "My Father [always promised us that we would live in France]". Her dad's a miner in the song, but maybe he was a soldier who visited France during the war, too.

I'd love to see photos of your place. Your plan sounds winning. Yes, I think I know the tapestries you mean, the ones in Paris, not in New York (those show a unicorn hunt, of all things).
maewyn_2 at 2011-02-22 14:41 (UTC) (Link)
What lovely garden visitors you have! They certainly seem to have made themselves at home there! Perhaps with it being so cold, there would be fewer people out and about to scare them away?
mechtild at 2011-02-22 23:37 (UTC) (Link)
Ha ha, no, Maewyn. Deer here are scared of very little. They stroll right down the street. They get out of the way if a car is coming, stepping into front yards. They won't let you come right up to them, it's true, but they do stand there when I'm trying to shoo them, only moving away (tentatively, slowly, unwillingly) when I narrow the distance to about ten or twelve feet, yelling at them, waving my arms and clapping my hands.
Estë   (or ST for short)
este_tangletoes at 2011-02-26 16:13 (UTC) (Link)
Beautiful pictures Mechling. The deer are delightful.

Because we have our cottage at the edge of a wood we occasionally see deer in the evening. Here they are called 'tick-hotels' due to them being infested with the little blighters. The ticks, which sometimes carry lime disease, attach themselves to animals, and people, so check out yourselves and your beloved pets.

It's quite the sport in Sweden during the summer, last thing at night, we investigate each others bods for ticks with the help of a lamp. (That reminds me of a wonderful scene in Threshold *sigh* :) :) :)

I was just replying to Maewyn's post from the 17th of February and mentioned how bothersome the snow has been here lately.

Take care lass.

mechtild at 2011-02-26 17:43 (UTC) (Link)
Tick-borne lyme disease is a public health issue here, too. But I think the ticks are not present in this weather. Here June and July are when the ticks hatch and mature. Not that there aren't deer about then, but it's not much of the year. That's when there are warnings about looking for ticks if going in the woods, especially through brush or undergrowth. Lyme ticks are so tiny, though, they are easily missed. The standard ticks are easy to spot.

You've been having a heavy snowfall this winter? It was that way here, too, but only for the first part of the winter. We are looking at the same dirty, melted-frozen-melted-frozen snow piles that were there in early January. Bleh.

I hope you are staying tucked in and warm, my dear. It's a treat to hear from you.

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