I take the birdseed feeders in every night so the bears can't get them. I go out early every morning to rehang them and scatter seed on the ground for the doves (and the opportunistic squirrels and band-tailed pigeons). I go shortly after sunrise, so there's enough light for me to see if there are bears, mountain lions, or a pack of coyotes out there. I always open the blinds first and look around before I open the front door. It's not fear, but thoughtful self-preservation.
yes, it is rutting season for black-tailed deer, and these two were as
cute as lovebirds on a date. I think this female is one we've known over the
years. She likes to come by and eat the bird seed too. I opened the
door. She didn't move. She just watched me scatter the seed. I always
talk to her. I know I'm not supposed to, and I know it's wrong to feed
the deer, but I am feeding birds. She just likes to get in on the
action. I told my neighbors once, after they complained that the deer
were eating all their flowers and plants out in front of their house,
that the deer must think they had planted it all for them. Why else would
those scrumptious morsels be so attractive and delicious and easy to get
The buck hung around and watched the doe eat. It
surprised me that he let her eat as much as she wanted before he came by
for a nibble. (It reminded Roger of the male mallard's behavior in
their season.) Then, she went back to lying down and waiting, and he
went to eat something green.
Yes, I went out and scattered more seed.