I am continuing my exploration of the wild side of our property and the surrounding forest by looking at deer behavior today. While I am not sure that it is amusing to the deer, it is amusing to us, except of course, when it involves their eating Peggy’s carefully grown plants. We try to maintain a sense of humor about that. Watching the deer, and all of the wildlife around our property, is also an education. That’s half the fun.
A buck is up at the deer block having a discussion about his right to eat first. It isn’t so much about eating as it is about dominance. If everyone agrees, he will have a few bites and be on his way. And then someone else will have the discussion. It works it way downward. This time, a teenage buck was chased off— rather dramatically. But it doesn’t end there. Buck number one is sent packing by buck number three, who has bigger antlers. Size matters.
I’ve watched a scene unfold several times where the dominant deer chases away the next deer in line, who immediately goes over and kicks the next deer, who goes over and kicks the next one, etc. until there isn’t anybody left to kick. The confrontations are rarely violent. They often end with a gentle tap— as long as the other deer gets the idea. Sometimes there is no confrontation at all, especially among families. And everyone lets fawns eat their fill.
Peggy and I usually don’t put up a deer block. We prefer that the deer behave like deer and eat plants. (As long as they aren’t ours.) But I do put up one when the moms are in their last stages of pregnancy. My reason/excuse is that it helps supplement their diet. But I confess, I like the fact that it encourages the moms to bring their kids by, not to mention all the action we get to see.
While the deer block is only up for a few weeks, our bird bath is open for business 24/7 year round. I’ve never seen a bird bathe in it (maybe we have dirty birds), but just about everyone stops by for a drink.
NEXT POST: More wilderness encounters and lore. Peggy and I hike up the mountain looking for cougars and bears and snakes while a small bird feeder provides more entertainment than either the deer block or the bird bath spring. It’s the law of the jungle out there!
27 thoughts on “Deer Antics that Amuse Us in the Time of Coronavirus… Or Any Time”
Thanks. It’s almost like the deer enjoy being photographed. 🙂 They are certainly used to it. –Curt
Fantastics photos & exploring! More are expected !
Thanks. Appreciated. We will keep the post coming. –Curt
You are most welcome !
Thank you, Curt, for showing theses great photos from your property. It is so entertaining with your commentary and I wish the deers could hear.
You and Peggy don’t get many boring moments with this mix of fun beauties around.
I had two birdbaths in my previous garden and one became the favourite Bath for
Blackbird and Pigeon. After they we’re done there was no water left. All that splashing and preening.
You are right, Miriam, boredom is never an issue! 🙂 Now getting things done… That’s the issue. Still, we wouldn’t trade our little wildlife sanctuary for anything. I’ve always been surprised that our birds don’t use the bird bath for its supposed purpose. They drink out of it all the time, but that seems to be the extent of their interest. As I noted: We have dirty birds! 🙂 Thanks. It is always fun to share. –Curt
I could just pull up a patio chair and watch wildlife all day!
Laughing. It can be a little distracting, G. But I always keep a camera handy! It’s quiet now. Even the ground squirrels seem to be snoozing. Maybe I’ll get some work done. –Curt
Haha! Goodness what a show they put on! Kind of reminds me of dinner when I was a kid, since I grew up with five other kids in the house haha.
Wonderful pics. Glad you have so much entertainment on your doorstep.
Me too, Peggy. Beats the heck out of sitting around and brooding over Covid-19! 🙂 Thanks. –Curt
You are so lucky to have such entertaining neighbours. I don’t think I’d ever grow tired of watching them.
Luck it is. Most of the time. 🙂
Oh, the rotter! They are very destructive but hugely entertaining.
He’s a bad’un! 🙂
Deer politics ( and other animal games). It is best they forage and eat naturally for the most part – but love your watering hole.
It is so lucky to have a bit of sanctuary.
If we ever manage to get out of here, I may refer back here for barrier advice. Looks well thought out and tried out
And I might add bird politic, and squirrel politics, and etc… Somehow they all make more sense than our politics. Laughing… because it is about all that we can do.
Deer are beautiful and entertaining. You got a great spot to view them.
Endlessy entertaining, Kelly. Floppy just stood outside and watched us do our whole Qigong exercise. I’m not sure whether the deer entertain us more or that we entertain them more. 🙂 –Curt
Nice blog, lovely photos 💕
Thanks, Saania. Appreciated. –Curt
My pleasure, followed you ☺️
Guess it’s not just reindeer that have games…
No, not at all, Dave. 🙂 I do remember reindeer games in the outback of Alaska. They would come bouncing up to us, and then. bounce away, and then come bouncing up again. Such fun. –Curt