Saturday, February 9, 2013
February 9, 2013 Warming trend.....
Since it was a nice sunny day yesterday, all of 15 degrees, the critters seemed to think it was a nice day to walk around and explore my ski tracks too. The fox could walk the one ski track just perfectly. It didn't sink in a bit. The deer, not so much. They did, however, stay in the general track/trail I had made.
Toby also liked it better because there was no fresh snow and he didn't get ice balls in his toes. He hasn't been wearing his booties this week because I can't keep them on him in that crusty snow.
That was how I actually managed to see the nest in the bull thistle the day before. Toby had stopped to chew the ice balls out of his toes and I was looking around while waiting and was standing right along side it. So, though I have a good eye for details, some things are so small they are easy to miss.
The last snow did bring a lot of deer out of the woodwork though. We had been having an average of 35-40 around. Now, it is usually closer to 50 with days that have gone over 60. That is a few. I know some on the shore finally quit feeding so I think a few have migrated up here since we have a mild winter. We are going through a lot of alfalfa. They sure do love that stuff and it is such good quality this year.
I start my day with my critters. I start the coffee. I talk to Toby. Then, out the "magic door" to feed Skinny Butt his favorite treats. Then, out the other door to fill the bird feeders with sunflower seeds. Shadow comes on a run when she sees me as she wants first dibs on them. Then, after getting her treats, we head for the bales of alfalfa on the trailer, under a huge tarp, by the garage. She walks right along side me over to get the alfalfa. She dearly loves that! With all the deer lately, I feed whole bales at a time now. She doesn't particularly like it when I cut the strings and the bales pop. So, she stands back until I do that. Then, she and the twin fawns start in on the choicest, greenest parts of the alfalfa while I distribute the rest. By that time, I have a yard full following me around. "Fancy's girl" always has to catch up a few times and get some bites of corn out of the bucket, as does Miz Spectacles. So, it is an interesting, pleasurable start to my mornings. Then......off for a walk with Toby. After that.....breakfast. I am usually ready for that coffee and some food by then.
The critters are a nice way to start off the day, for sure!