I was sitting in my living room, which has sliders facing out towards the backyard and woods. As I sat there watching the Tigers play their second to the last spring training game, I saw three deer approach my fence. I thought to myself, are these my bird feed raiders, and before I could say indeed they are, two of them jumped into my back yard. The snow is so deep on both sides of the fence that it wasn't much of a challenge for them to jump in or jump out. Here, this deer scours through the snow beneath my feeders for seed droppings. I have noticed a deep depression in that area and wondered how that had happened. Now I know.
As I sat there in awe with what I was witnessing, I remembered I needed to get to my camera. I always have a second camera set up on a tripod in my study for opportunities like this. These two are roaming the backyard like they've been here before.
This deer comes to munch on my holiday garland, but doesn't linger there long as she quickly learns it's plastic.
I think I've been spotted, which isn't hard to believe since my mini-Goldendoodle puppy Gracie has been barking at the top of her lungs at these interesting critters. I need to teach her not to bark at the deer, like I've taught Oakley.
The two deer continue to watch me and the one outside the fence meanders off while the one inside the fence jumps the fence again to follow in the other one's tracks. It's been a long hard winter in the north woods and it doesn't take much to bring on a little excitement. :-)