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Old 11-21-2019, 11:55 AM   #1
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Backyard wildlife

A bit ago I was sitting at my kitchen table eating breakfast looking out my slider into my backyard. A whitetail doe with two smaller fawns walked thru at a quick pace which should have alerted me to grab my camera. Sure enough a 4x4 whitetail buck moved thru 30 seconds later hot on the does trail. (It’s breeding season) Instead I grabbed my binoculars which were sitting on the table and watched the buck. He passed from shade to sun and did a big exhale which was a cloud of steam in the sun. (Currently 26 degrees and sunny) A great picture not captured.

This inspired me to go thru my pictures of the last three years of backyard wildlife and share a few on this site. I was also inspired by yesterday’s post on “what do you northerners do in the offseason”.

So here’s a few pics from my place, 15 miles north of Spokane WA, about 80 miles south of the border and 30 miles west of Idaho. Please add you backyard pics of wildlife.
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Old 11-21-2019, 12:02 PM   #2
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Moose

Moose. In the last pic with the fire I’m out burning limbs and this cow moose walked within 50 ft of the fire.
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Old 11-21-2019, 12:05 PM   #3
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We were all sitting in the backyard one early evening when a Mama Raccoon took her "babes" out for a walk along the top of our fence.

One had fallen down into the yard and was having problems getting back up.

Not shown in the pictures is the part where "Mama" got down, scolded him, then finally gave him a bite on the butt to motivate him to climb the fence. They finally got organized and strolled off along the top of the fence to a neighbor's fence that took them to the greenbelt area surrounding our neighborhood.





I've also had a Great Blue Heron fly low (about 30 feet) over my back yard. In flight they look like something out or prehistoric times.
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Old 11-21-2019, 12:16 PM   #4
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I've also had a Great Blue Heron fly low (about 30 feet) over my back yard. In flight they look like something out or prehistoric times.

Our backyard seems to be on a Blue Heron flight path. Have twice over the years grabbed my pond fish. Now have a net cover on the pond if we're not out in the yard.
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I feed the critters at are house year round...We have alittle bit of everything
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Old 11-21-2019, 12:56 PM   #6
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Do any of these bucks show up during hunting season?

My Dad used to tell me they were all equipped with calendars that told them when to stay hidden.
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Yes. There is now a school for deer, I am convinced. I was working one day and standing right next to a doctors office in a small strip mall was a nice sized deer, just checking us out. My boss was a avid hunter. I told him the deer was standing in that spot because he knew we could not shoot him. Humans don't have an exclusive on education, though we may think we do.
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Old 11-21-2019, 05:12 PM   #10
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Cool pics. We have so many animals in our yards in NJ, it's ridiculous. I call the deer 'lawn rats'. Bears are all around, but luckily haven't seen any in my yard. Don't need to put feeders out, or want to. My neighbor has been seeing actual RATS thanks to all the horse farms around here and easy availability of feed that attracts them. Love the coon pics. Just hate when they crap all over my deck. Maybe I should get a nasty dog.
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We have so many animals in our yards in NJ, it's ridiculous. I call the deer 'lawn rats'. Bears are all around, but luckily haven't seen any in my yard.
Us too, although we have had bear in our yard. I love your description of deer, it’s accurate! Had a friend who moved up from Louisiana and he was absolutely amazed at the number of deer we have. I guess they’re more scarce in the south.
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Do any of these bucks show up during hunting season?

My Dad used to tell me they were all equipped with calendars that told them when to stay hidden.
Interesting story, the last two pics of the bucks I believe is the same deer. In fact he had hung around for several weeks along with a pretty respectable 3x3. The snow picture was taken on November 7th and the grass picture was on December 3rd. Shortly after I took the snow picture he and the 3 point wandered off and shortly later I heard a shot. (Note in the community I live in both shooting and hunting are not allowed) However a deer doesn’t have to travel far to get out of our area and into legal hunting areas. So after hearing that shot neither of the bucks returned until December 3rd when the one in the pic showed up. Note the injury to his back, right above his front shoulders which is a typical location for a hunter to place a shot. I figure either a bullet or an arrow gazed his back and he seemed no worse for the wear. Never saw the three point again, figured he’s in a nearby freezer.

Your dad is correct in a way with his deer calendar theory. At least for forest deer anyway as generally they are not disturbed much until hunting season which if it is a popular spot could get lots of human traffic causing the smart older bucks to move deeper into the woods. Until breeding season when they run around like a bunch of love sick boys.......

Here’s a better pic of his injury. Looks to be healing fine.
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Us too, although we have had bear in our yard. I love your description of deer, it’s accurate! Had a friend who moved up from Louisiana and he was absolutely amazed at the number of deer we have. I guess they’re more scarce in the south.
That's because if it moves in Louisiana, it ends up on somebody's dinner table! lol
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That's because if it moves in Louisiana, it ends up on somebody's dinner table! lol
I was thinking the same! Here in NW PA I believe the deer population is up the last 5-10 years. My thought is not as many hunters as once were. I am one of them. I was an avid waterfowl and deer hunter until I started my business. I now take my time off in the summer. On our fall vacation in the Cook Forest area the beginning of October we saw hundreds of deer. Herds in the dozens. I have been going to that area for 30 years at different times of year and have never seen so many deer. Reminded me of the deer when I was a kid in the mid to late 70s.
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I’m in Florida, so my backyard wildlife tends to be of the marine sort. We live on a salt water canal so we’ve seen sea turtles, manatee, otter, all sorts of fish, dolphin, and birds to numerous to mention. As far as photos go, here is a dolphin, some manatees, a wood stork, and tons of fish in our underwater light.
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I've also had a Great Blue Heron fly low (about 30 feet) over my back yard. In flight they look like something out or prehistoric times.
Have you heard them? Their squawk sounds terrible. Also on lift off it always looks like they will never make it.
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Love the heron, i get those guys in my backyard in NJ. They hunt in the creek. Never heard them make any sounds though. Crazy seeing them fly, like watching the Spruce Goose take off!
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