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Turkey Tracks: Winter Deer Eating Evergreens

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Turkey Tracks:  March 28, 2014

Winter Deer Eating Evergreens

 

Here’s a familiar sight from my kitchen windows any time in the late afternoon these days:

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Sorry about the blurry picture, but you can see how bold these deer are these days.

They are eating all the junipers along the wall–which had just started growing and drooping artistically over the wall after being planted TEN YEARS ago.

There are eight deer in this group:  two mothers and five young ones.  Did one mother have triplets???

I went outside and talked to the ones who did not immediately flee up the hill.  You can see how healthy they look.  Their winter coats are plush, and their eyes are bright and alert.

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The junipers have been reduced to nothing but bare sticks.  They look like an infestation of gypsy moths had flown through.

And all the small white pines sprouting alongside the creek bed have been munched up to their tops.  They look like lollipops.

Critters have to eat…

 

Written by louisaenright

March 28, 2014 at 11:42 am

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