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Deer! The Huntress spooked them away from outside the back corner of her yard only to have them reappear an hour later over by the old truck.

tippity-hoof, tippity-hoof

Ooooh, for me?

There were two that munched the apples I'd thrown for the rabbit, and more pictures can be seen here on my google site:

The pics aren't great (lighting, focus), but I view these as the equivalent of Polaroids or Instamatic pics anyway. And the deer were constantly moving about: such inconsideration! The smallest one would zoom through the yard, jumping fallen trees and ducking low branches, all-out having fun, while the adults grouped together cautiously and watched all around constantly. In the end, the young'n was all out of breath and panting and just enjoying the thrill of living.

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Today we had a red fox trotting through the woods out back. It has been quite a while since we saw any foxes hereabouts. There were tracks outside the dog's fence the day before, and The Huntress was quite anxious both yesterday and today when out with me, sniffing the air and listening intently. The tracks led from one of the rabbit thickets to the other's. And funny that this critter appeared so close to the raccoon's arrival as both species are rabies vectors and have had their populations decimated in recent years. This fox looked quite well, fortunately.

And deer! Too bad the camera malfunctioned yesterday as they were gallivanting and gamboling about in the wild winds and cold temps right out next to the driveway. Today I got a shot or two when they crossed the back yard, but these pictures were not so good as the deer were on the move and many trees separated us.

Best I could do. The other shot that came out was basically a butt/flank ;o)

We are due for a large storm Tuesday, so I made sure the snowblower had fuel and the cables were adjusted. Our storm Friday left only a few inches of snow but I used the blower anyway just because it had been almost a month since the last storm. I had gravel shooting 30' because although we had accumulation the driveway was still not frozen after all those 50 degree days.

The calm before the storm.

I had to shop today because tomorrow will be panic at the stores as folks remember they only have limited foods packed away for the 'event.' I also topped off the gasoline in the truck because it adds more weight for traction ;o) We now have our recommended 4+ gallons of milk, four loaves of assorted breads plus English muffins, two dozen eggs, lots of coffee (and Kahlúa, just in case). But this is normal for us anyway.

To hell with French toast!

And in a very loosely related note- Google photo picture search gives a kind of Sesame Street array of results here:

One of these things is not like the other... presented with no more comment :D

Who is Blur anyway? I was actually thinking of this song when I rhymed the subject ;o)

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mondhasen: (Eisbär)
There were deer beyond the dog fence yesterday, although I originally only saw this one to take a pic of. Well hidden in plain sight-

Click to enlarge... there may be another to the right of this one.

The dog saw me taking the picture and talking to this fellow, and she flushed out four more (all of whom lithely sprinted off from her, tails flagged). The fawns have lost their spots and have donned winter camo now.


In other critter news, the bunnies which have been secretive of late were back in the yard this morning. I spooked two when I tossed out some bread heels for the birds, and The Huntress gave them what for, sliming up the front window in the process. I saw one rabbit yesterday as well, along the side fence, lazily grooming a leg and watching me out of the side of her eye.

And it's Halloween Vacation week for me. I've got a lot of projects to accomplish, but who knows what I'll actually do.

Finally, not a mouse has stirred in the house all week! Either I've blocked all their entries or they have regrouped and are planning another round of attacks ;o)
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I was telling my son on Monday that all the fireflies disappeared a couple of weeks back after a hellacious rain. I mean totally gone, not one could be seen anywhere on the property. I've never noticed this before, that they'd go before the end of August, so it worried me that maybe there was spraying going on for the ongoing moth invasion, but the moths were still abundant (f'ing moths, literally, hundreds of females on the trees being attended to by hundreds of males...).

So last night I go out the basement door with The Huntress and spook a bunny in the process: the rabbit and I are more surprised than she as pup tears out through the door in pursuit. Of course the rabbit gets clear. But hey, I see a firefly blink... and another, and damned if the whole backyard isn't filling up with their little lights :D Fortuitous?

I also heard a deer chuffing away in the backyard yesterday. We've had a beautiful young buck hanging around and I wonder if it wasn't him.

And rabbits... out front as well as the one in the back. It's probably the same rabbit circling about, but it could also be two separate bunnies. The one out back may have a nest started.

Finally, a most unusual addition to my backyard flora

(click to see full sizes)

It's a Canada Lily, or Meadow Lily: there are three but only one has a bloom. We've never had these before, or I've just never noticed them in the last 50 or so years there... Apparently White-tailed deer love eating these, so this one within the dog's fenced yard should be safe...
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...that glass being my front window!

We had two fawns about 30 feet from the front of the house this morning.
Three pics, work safe )

Lucky timing on my part! There was an adult in the side yard earlier but I didn't have my camera with me... not that it mattered: she jumped up and trotted off as soon as she saw me.
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I was walking out back with the pup, musing over where life has taken me, when suddenly The Huntress rushes the back fence. She's silent other than a low growl and the papery hiss of disturbed leaf litter. It was dusky dawn, and through the grey shadows I could see a white form, bobbing, climbing, like a hare scaling the wire but zig-zagging, soundlessly. I'm mesmerized, the dog is frantic, and I realize that it's not a white rabbit or some other shimmering critter I'm seeing but a flagging deer! Off she bounds without a twig or branch to be heard beneath her deft hooves, while the dog ends her own run with a snort as she skids, turns, and trots off to check out the rest of her yard.

Back inside the house the dog now starts whining and pawing the front window, and as I walk over she starts her bark-bark-barking at this dark shape against the dark lawn under the apple tree- a bunny this time, grazing without concern for the racket inside the house. I had to shoo him away before the dog would stop her commotion.

A nice and peaceful Sunday morning :D

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The deer have been crossing through here again, daily, for about a week now. I usually see them 'beyond the wire' (dog fence) late afternoon, near 4:30. They also congregate next to the house, about twenty or thirty feet off (also just outside the fence). There are usually five, and sometimes seven. Of course I have no pics of the deer, just their tracks ;o) Some afternoon I'll wait patiently with the bridge camera.

Back yard

Side yard

I also saw three of them Friday morning, crossing out front, at around 6:00 A.M. It's comforting to know they are about still.

I have a rabbit post to make as well... maybe tomorrow.
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I'm getting this banner when I sign on both of my accounts here:

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Reading the "open tickets" in lj support this is not isolated to my account. I finally caved and just changed from my hotmail to my gmail account (hotmail considers lj 'spam' *snerk* no more need be said...) otherwise I couldn't post anywhere.

Stuff... the rabbit hasn't returned today to her form out back. Perhaps she's shacking up with some buck? Speaking of bucks, two deer circled the house yesterday, a doe along with a young buck with antler nubs. A flock of turkeys went through the yard as well: but we already have our Butterball frozen turkey blocks purchased :D

And speaking of turkeys, Trump is due in the area for a bit of stumping and Bill Clinton will be in town 12/7 for his contribution to global warming.

Today looks like rain (tut-tut).
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There's something mystical that when reading about animism and spiritual connections you look up to find a deer watching you from your front yard. Granted she was probably just looking for *apples, but it was serendipitous nonetheless.

A furry nod of thanks to [ profile] mejeep for recommending the book Giving Voice To Bear (David Rockwell, 1991).

*a fawn just went through while I was finishing this post!
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or, "Did you ever chase chickens?"

Yesterday I tossed a bushel of crab apples over the back dog fence and into deer territory. Our apple tree was literally splitting branches due to the weight of the fruit, and I'd rather see it go to my hooved friends than rot somewhere. So after some careful pruning (hack-hack) I took all the trimmings out to the edge of the woods, and put all the drops from the truck bed over the fence.

Today, while with The Huntress, I chanced upon maybe seven deer dining on the apples. She suddenly notices this pack of giant brown dogs and I laughed and told her "Not so brave when there's a herd," and then she bolted at them: poor things, did they ever scatter! They fanned out in a semi-circle, tails up, leaping and zig-zagging in bounds, and then stopped just inside a wall of shrubbery. She ran the fence, silently, and while they visibly watched from the woods she turned and never gave them another thought.

Brave Huntress! Maybe she just thought it was funny.

An older photo- "On Patrol"

The quote, of course, is from Lady and the Tramp.
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Finally, a fawn! And it has its spots :o) Talk about protective coloration!


That is a cell phone shot, natch, at 4.0X, and not as clear as I'd wish; it's useable.

I'm so happy to see these fellows, and thank Faunus for allowing me to do so. I'm thrilled that they feel safe enough to hang around (there were two off in the woods yesterday). And my thoughts always drift to my deer friends on lj on such occasions!
mondhasen: (mondhasen)
...or Visitors!

I was having coffee in the front room this morning and just happened to look up in time to see a deer out front watching the house. I was able to grab my camera phone without spooking him or his friend off, and got a couple of shots under the cut. )

The Huntress slept through this, but saw them out back a little later and, growling, charged them at the fence. She doesn't bark at them outside, only when she's in the house. These two have been in the area now for a while. One still had dappling in his fur.

Oh, Clint!
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One of the nice things about snow is how it shows up animal movement: tracks, silhouettes, and even scat. There were deer tracks all around the yard this morning, front, sides, and back. Some sets were in pairs, with large sets along with tiny ones; some trails showed evidence of three and four deer walking through. I saw one of these deer last night after hearing deliberate, crunching paw-steps out in the dark. Suddenly this shadow leaps by and I got to watch her/him trotting off down the road, silhouetted in the moonlight and by the snow, and briefly lit by the street lamp glow.

We also had fox prints along the dogs' fenced yard. These right-angled to and then paralleled along the wire for about 100', stopping and circling a bit by my derelict truck and near where there are bunny tracks, and scat. The rabbit likes to 'go' almost next to the fence in defiance of the pups.

The rabbit, I assume it is the same, can be seen within the fenced yard as well. He was also silhouetted recently among some brambles in, yes, a briar patch, nibbling on vines at dusk. The tracks, and scat, are all around, and the little 'part beagle' dog races along trying to locate this fellow. She spooked him one night and he brushed past my leg as he zig-zagged away from her and into another little thicket. I coaxed her away and he fled out the back corner of the enclosure (the dog yard is approximately 100 feet deep by 100 feet wide).

There are also myriad mouse, squirrel, and bird tracks to be seen. It's nice to know all these critters are about and I love to live among them.
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Gotta love technology, and my confusion with it. I took pics with the iPad, put them into Dropbox, and uploaded them to an LJ post.  The post looked fine and my links worked perfectly while on the iPad, but for whatever reason these pics have a tendency to appear upside down on a pc.  When I saved the pic off of my post to a computer at work, with the intention of flipping it over, and I viewed it with IrfanView, the picture is correctly positioned. To make things more confusing, the little pic on the desktop (the thumbnail) is upside down.

I saved the pic from InfranView, and it still shows upside down on the desktop thumbnail, but I see it here in LJ as correct.

Also, the video I linked from Flickr didn't play on my pc, but that could be scriptblocking and who knows what because trying it again here at work it plays just fine.

Anyway, this was the post, including my upside down pic...

A small video of deer in the front yard this morning. The video is on Flickr and linked below.

I tried a Dropbox upload of the video but it failed: the photo uploaded without a problem. This takes a bit to load from the iPad, and requires multiple taps to run from Flickr, but it works.  This was all done using the tablet, including the video: primitive but effective. I'm posting this and heading to the PC now to see how it looks.

Note: Newly installed IOS 7 has been a drag on the iPad: everything runs slower even though I have over 4GB memory open. I suspect 7.1 won't be far off.

Also- There's a lot of school traffic in the background of the video.


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