Gardening for Wildlife forum: Winter visitors

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Name: June
Rosemont, Ont. (Zone 4a)
Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Beavers Region: Canadian Dragonflies Butterflies Cactus and Succulents
Birds Cat Lover Native Plants and Wildflowers Deer Garden Ideas: Level 1
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JuneOntario
Dec 16, 2017 8:11 AM CST
The snow cover is beginning to build up - although we only have about 2 inches of snow at the moment - and deer are starting to visit the yard in daylight. They know very well where the edible garden plants are, but are being decoyed away from my flowerbeds by handouts of corn and sunflower seeds heaped on the ground and on the bird tables. One of the three deer in the photo is a doe we call Stripe because she has a white line down the middle of her forehead (probably a scar). Stripe has been a regular winter visitor for a number of years.

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Name: June
Rosemont, Ont. (Zone 4a)
Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Beavers Region: Canadian Dragonflies Butterflies Cactus and Succulents
Birds Cat Lover Native Plants and Wildflowers Deer Garden Ideas: Level 1
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JuneOntario
Dec 28, 2017 4:23 PM CST
This deer knows exactly where to dig to find some tasty, green, creeping phlox:

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She knows I'm watching from the window, but she's pretty sure I'm not going step outside when it's -30C/-22F.

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Name: Sheridragonfly/Sheri
Alabama (Zone 8b)
Salvias Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Sheridragonfly
Jan 20, 2018 1:47 PM CST
We had our 4th snow in 43 years...at my home last week..

We only had one and half inches this past week during the night. Disappointed we did not have 6 inches so I could go into the woods with my camera and enjoy the house and yards like a snow filled greeting card which is what happened 8 years ago here..

I did get to photograph this hawk sitting 50 foot from the house in a tree trying to get warm in the sunshine..that morning we had a wind chill of -1 and you never have that in our area.
The hawk watched me take its picture for 10 minutes through the window.

The does and little buck came to dine and there were 9 of them that same day
I broke deep ice in the does water tray and the 3 birdbaths and was busy feeding birds, squirrels,
deer ...

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Name: June
Rosemont, Ont. (Zone 4a)
Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Beavers Region: Canadian Dragonflies Butterflies Cactus and Succulents
Birds Cat Lover Native Plants and Wildflowers Deer Garden Ideas: Level 1
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JuneOntario
Jan 20, 2018 2:24 PM CST
Lovely photos, Sheri!
The two deer in the first pic look like they are having a conversation, "This kind human has put food out for us. Shall we dine?"
The shots of the hawk you took through a window are amazing. You must have wonderfully clean windows!

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