Category: Local Wildlife

Deer in the Compound!

By , August 28, 2018

Sunday morning, as Michelle prepared for work, she uttered a sentence not heard on this homestead in the 12 years we’ve lived here:

“There are deer in the yard.”

Sure enough, a doe and a fawn just past the spotted coat phase stood by the rhubarb patch, peering up into the windows of the cabin.

They clearly tracked movement through the window, so we couldn’t get “the good camera.” Michelle stealthily reached for her smart phone, and took the photos seen here, while both of us cursed ourselves for not getting around to washing the windows.


The doe in the yard (Photo: Michelle L. Zeiger).

Soon, though, they sauntered toward the garden, our cue to rush out and chase them off. They disappeared up the ridge, bounding beautifully up the slope and away.

What a thrill!


Fawn on left, doe on right (Photo: Michelle L. Zeiger).

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Wild Life

By , August 18, 2018

Things are getting . . . wild around here.

We have kept wildlife journals ever since moving to the homestead (see “Who Sights It, Writes It”). For 12 years we’ve logged the day, time, location, and activity of notable wildlife.

The word “notable” is key. We generally restrict notes to less-often seen animals, or unusual activity from those we see almost every day. We no longer bother logging sea lions, otters, ravens or eagles, all of which we see fairly constantly.

This month, things got notable. We may not actually see some of the local wildlife, but we see their activity.

broken cherry branches

Evidence of bear activity. Of course, the cherries were almost ripe! (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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