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Mama Deer And Baby Bambi
The Mama deer and her baby were out again. This time I think I caught them more in focus. The fawn has the funniest shaped head. I know they eat all my roses, but who can resist that baby face? What's a Mother to do? I have to share the land with them. They are the indiginous deer here. They are called Black Tailed Deer, obviously, well, it isn't so obvious in this photo, but their tailes are black. I see on the eastcoast their deer have white tails..Interesting isn't it? I really do miss the nice Lillies and other flowers I used to have before Mamma and her babies moved in. I hear or have been told that coyote urine sprayed around the bushes is supposed to keep them off the flowers. So far it must not be the right urine. It hasn't worked yet. Anyone know of anything that works? I know, I know, don't suggest the "netting" or shooting them or something like that. That is not an option! Anyways, that is the story of the critters in the yard.
This cute little black tailed fawn comes and eats my flowers, but how can you resist this face? His Mother and Father, and brothers and sisters live around here, and up in the woods. I've found many areas where they sleep, and have babies. They are known as Black-Tailed Deer. Obviously, their tailes are black. Many generations have been borned in my front yard, and around the property. We have Coyotes now, so many of the little ones, have ....well, you know... got eaten for dinner. They still eat all my flowers, and bulbs. They love Cherry leaves. Here is some of that information you might want to know about our local deer in this bedroom community of Seattle.
Native to Western North America, Black-tailed deer are a subspecies of Mule deer, named after their long, mule-like ears, which in the males can grow up to 10 inches long. Want to help keep these beauties around and encourage them not to nibble on your prized perennials? Make sure you have plenty of native plants they like in your yard, such as Salmonberry, Thimbleberry, Salal, Blackberry, Snowberry, Douglas fir, Red huckleberry, Western red cedar, and Vine maple.Black-tailed deer cannot rely primarily on low-quality feed like grass. As browsers, they require more nutritious plants and plant parts. Black-tailed deer have extraordinary hearing, but they may well have detected I was coming (on two wheels) by their also keen sense of smell, which is some 1,000 times better than ours and can pick up scents half a mile away.
July 6th, 2012
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