Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Big, Fuzzy, Night-time Visitors

I was just making a cup of tea before going to bed and from the time I put my cup in the microwave to heat up the water and when I went back to squeeze the teabag out, these two fuzzy and hungry visitors showed up at my bird feeder tray.

It's really cold and windy tonight (about -4 with a windchill of about -25 right now). These two deer didn't stay around long and I'm sure they were heading back to the shelter of the woods over in the next block. I'm always amazed that wild animals and birds have the ability to survive in weather like this.

I keep these ground feeders filled with corn now, so the deer, bunnies and squirrels have plenty to eat during this cold weather when all the other vegetation is covered in snow. (I'm also hoping it will keep them from eating the little trees and shrubs I planted last fall.)


Meggie said...

Hey Ruth: I, too, feed the deer in my area hoping they will then ignore some of my favorite vegetation. So far so good.... I was checking out my feeder today and finally realized that I definitely have both Downey AND Hairy woodpeckers. When they came to the feeder at the same time, I could really notice the difference in their size.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Brrrrrr Ruthie. It is cold up your way. THe wildlife in your area are lucky you feed them.

Richard said...

You sure have an interesting yard. All I saw early this morning was a rabbit. It was so cold even the squirrels weren't moving.

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Jayne said...

OK, so I am a featherweight. It's in the 20's here today and we are feeling frozen. I shant complain any longer.... brrrrrrrrr.... just reading your post made me feel colder! Sweet visitors!

P.S. My word verification for this is "dzvevzuz" which is the sound my teeth are making when I have to go outside!

RuthieJ said...

Hi Meggie,
Good to hear about your deer too. So far, the corn seems to be enough food and they're not eating anything else.
Good news about both Downy and Hairy in your yard and I'm happy that you're now able to ID them both positively!

Hi Lisa,
Us Minnesotans have gotten wimpy over the years--yesterday was one of the coldest days and nights we've had in a while and even I had a bit of a hard time staying warm (weatherman's predicting 30's by the weekend...that sounds pretty good!)

Hi Richard,
I'm sure there's other interesting stuff going on out in the backyard every day but my darn full-time job cuts into my observation time!

Hey Jayne, you're not a featherweight--it's not supposed to be in the 20's in Georgia! I hope you're not getting snow along with those cold temps (that wouuld be the ultimate insult)
Your PS made me LOL--I think I've made that sound before too!

Anonymous said...

I'm glad deer hunting season is over, so now we get to see what's in your yard, that is some trail cam you have. Two deer, that's two more then we have or might have.

RuthieJ said...

Hi Mom,
Not a trail cam, just me leaning over the kitchen sink trying to get a decent shot out the window in the dark.
I guess the deer know that the season is over too (finally!)

Mary said...


It seems most of the country are getting the high winds and arctic air. We had 67 last weekend and rain. Now we are dipping to the teens with 35 mph wind gusts and I'm freezing - numbing - fingers tingling - can't find gloves or hats. Just not prepared.

I worry about the birds, too, and wondered if the feeders would still be standing when I got home from work. They were standing, but empty of seed. The birds were very hungry.

RuthieJ said...

Hi Mary,
I saw something on the nightly news last night showing snow in North Carolina! and it didn't look too nice either!
Hope you find your hat and gloves!
Sometimes on really windy days, the seed blows out of some of my feeders--especially the open tray and hopper feeders.