Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Breakfast and bucks

It's been cold, with light snow today and yesterday. The Weather Network radar and the government N.A. satellite were a bit of a mystery! In fact, my 2nd (newer) trailcam hasn't been working either. It's just been too cold!

We've been watching the Australian Open Tennis, but it's tricky with the time difference. I write my blogs in the a.m., we usually tape the games that go after 9 p.m., then watch them over breakfast and coffee! Annie likes JB's no dairy or yeast bread. Daisy is just spoiling for a fight. She needs to get out and play. Poor Hooper will even eat crumbs.
In the meantime, I cannot access any Social Media, as people tend to give the tennis scores!

Back to the main thread of my post...
The deer are appearing at the feeders, were up to 12 at a time. This is our regular momma/yearling pair. She's a big one. She watches us carefully, and closely. She has burrs, or something, on her coat, and I want to give her a good brushing! That is facetious, as they simply aren't that tame.
doe, a deer from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.
I'm fondly looking forward to seeing the bucks in the yard. We had a pair of (about) 3-year-olds all this week.
Here he was in the front yard, this is out the living room window. I'm thinking these are all deer from the same family, as normally the does hang out together and the bucks in their own winter yards.
The tines are interesting, as they are many, but very small. He is an 8-point, as they count them this way.

On Sunday evening, I spotted this buck.  The bucks, especially the big ones, usually travel here between dusk and dawn until real winter sets in.
It appears his one brow tine has been smucked sideways. We'll have to keep an eye out for him. It looks like blood on his antler, as well.
They can get into trouble, in arguments with fences, and trees, and one another, but they are due to shed their antlers any day now and grow a new pair in spring.

1. buck from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.
2. Buck from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

There is good old Tigger, haven't seen him yet this year. He'd be 8 this summer. I've followed his progress all these years, fall of 2010. He was a young 'un our first year here. He had a twin, as well. His twin (we never named him!) was much more shy. Tigger would bounce up to us, a happy lad,  wasn't as afraid as the other ones.
Tigger last Spring
Also, Jake. We can tell them apart by their behaviour, the shape of their antlers, and their tine counts. Jake was pretty new visiting us, and very skittish. I hope to see them this year. A client was proudly JB the buck he'd shot during the hunting season. sigh. I liked Jake!


Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
They are so graceful... YAM xx

William Kendall said...

They're wonderful animals to have around.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

The deer are just wonderful! That header shot really made me smile. It always seems like you live in a nature preserve!