Sunday, July 22, 2018

Sunday in the wildlife 'park'. . . . . . . . . .

This morning's visitor to the bird feeder!
I raised the dining room blinds and there she stood, so beautiful and silent,
staring right at me - fortunately my camera was on the table and I managed
a few shots.

Last year, I shared photos here of a somewhat younger (spots on rump) visiting
 white-tailed doe. 
She had scars from a fresh injury on her right side above her front leg and up
 her neck. My friend Gina noticed them in the photos and thought perhaps she
 had been hit by a car. Be certain to visit Gina's amazing blog Art and Alfalfa 
if you haven't done so yet. It's so beautiful where she lives and she is a lovely, 
multi-talented artist.

Looking closely, I'm thinking the now faint marks on her fur below the sunflower
 leaves, in the same area, could be the healed scars. If so, I'm so happy she has
 survived. . . . . . . even though she's gobbling up the garden!

After realizing I'd seen her, she moved on across the lawn, took a quick
 nibble at the hydrangea plant behind the acer. . . . . . . . . . . . 

. . . . . . . then trampled through the now almost dead sunflowers which she's
 enjoyed, and destroyed, for a couple of weeks. . . . . . . . . 

. . . . . . .on to my neighbor Bob's tomatoes where she nibbled the
 leaves. I picked all the ripe fruits yesterday - he's away and gave me
 permission to take any or all rather than have them rot. . . . . lucky me.

At that point I opened the door and told her to leave. Here she is
taking such dainty steps across the road to a neighbor next to
 the wooded area of the cul-de-sac. We think perhaps she hangs
 out there where there is a small creek for a water source.

Remember now, we don't live in the countryside. These deer and other
 wildlife are losing their natural homes due to land being built on all around us. 
They have nowhere else to go. We've lived in this house 32 years
 and never saw a deer in our garden until just a couple of years ago when
 construction took off big time.
Close by, we now have office towers, retail shops, apartments, condos, 
and huge high-priced houses where small ranch homes used to stand
in our neat and tidy, heavily wooded neighborhood.
Apparently it's called 'progress' . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 


  1. It is hard to stay mad at them when they come to visit our garden. We can hardly get any produce anymore and I can't grow tulips either. They even get into my goldfish pond and eat the water lilies and with so much around to eat. Once the acorns start to drop, they won't come for dinner. It is sad when you think of wildlife with no where else to go.

  2. What a cutie she is. Yes, we all know the effects of progress. This island is a jungle of cranes, construction trucks and new apartment blocks in place of quaint houses. It's sickening.

  3. I would love to see such a pretty thing in my garden!

  4. It is always worrying to see first-hand the effects human activities have on wildlife, such as the loss of habitat for deer (and, no doubt, many other animals who just don't make it to your gardens, or you simply never get to see them). Hopefully, at least some level of co-existence is possible.

  5. What an amazing sight to greet you in your garden - she is a lovely deer indeed. I am sure it is easy to forgive her for nibbling - just as we forgive the birds and other wildlife who come to our garden. There are deer in our area too, although I have only seen them at night. The reasons are the same, buildup of the city pushing the wildlife from their habitat.

  6. They are pretty creatures, but I am glad that we have not seen any in our gardens!

  7. Dear Mary, It's wonderful to see that your Doe has become so healthy and beautiful. Don't be surprised when she comes back next Spring bringing with her a new Fawn.
    We have a large group of deer who have taken over our town. They have plenty of room in the foothills and mountains around us. But it's easy picking in our gardens.
    Thank you for the mention.

  8. Hi Mary...beautiful photos, as always. I think that is the same deer. :)
    It saddens me to see them in the towns now due to being pushed out of their natural habitat. Whatever will become of them. :(


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