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Wildlife from year to year

Every year since we moved to the mountains, we have been delighted by viewings of wildlife close to home. Each 'visit' is full of joy and wonder at God's wonderful world.

Over the years, we have become more and more invisible to the wildlife - blending into the landscape. Our sightings have become more varied and exciting with the passing of each summer.

The first year, we were honored by visits from wild turkey females and their new brood. We put out cracked corn to keep them coming back, but even when we ran out of the cracked corn, the turkey females kept coming back to graze on the grass seeds. While many times we discussed "taking one for Thanksgiving", we were just too amazed to be able to just observe them.

Later, deer started to appear, through the trees at the highest point of our yard, and we couldn't believe our luck. They didn't even seem to mind the sounds coming from the house. But DON'T MOVE, where they can see you! Staying just back from the window screens, we could watch them graze on the wild plants, like Hawkweed. Like a dandelion, Hawkweed has a sunny yellow bloom. The deer seem to like those blooms especially. And, as if to welcome the deer, the Hawkweed blooms early morning, but closes up during the high sun. The deer always seemed to know the right time to come for the Hawkweed. They also seemed to enjoy eating the Jewel Weed flowers that bloom in late summer. We could watch the deer stroll along our driveway, where the lush plants would reach out to their noses. Munching their way back down the driveway until they disappeared from sight, we would run from window to window for a better view of the parade.

Mostly, the deer would appear one at a time. One year, a doe came to graze with her twin fawns that looked to be about a year old. Another time, two spike bucks arrived to graze together. What a thrill to be able to study them right in our yard.     

Here are some of my favorite pictures of our deer:82F08-8-11(8-8).jpg

 

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