Because the weather was kind of crappy on Saturday and Sunday night (snowy and blowing) I think these little yearling deer were laying low in a sheltered and warmer spot. But tonight, things have cleared up and there is barely any wind, so these hungry critters headed out early to check for food. Fortunately I had gone out around 5:00 and put shelled corn in both of the trays.
The picture above was taken without the flash and the one shown below was with the flash (which doesn't seem to bother them). I have the trail camera mounted on a nearby pole also, but didn't have it turned on tonight (the batteries are probably frozen anyway).
There was a total of 5 young deer visiting the backyard tonight. That's the most we've ever seen at one time. There were no adult does with them and we do know that a couple of does were harvested by bowhunters in the nearby woods earlier this fall and also one large doe was hit by a car on the highway which is adjacent to our backyard.
Earlier in the summer, we did see one doe with triplets and another doe with twins, so these 5 deer may be a combination of those 2 family groups. I guess we'll never know for sure, but what I do know for sure is that I'll keep putting corn out for them to help them survive the winter and just keep hoping that they stay on this side of the road and don't attempt to cross the nearby 4-lane highway.
Did you have clear skies at your place tonight? If so, you may have noticed this celestial display. I saw it when I was putting the deer corn out and then it was mentioned on the NBC Nightly News (and on our local KTTC Weather Blog which also has a much better picture than mine).