Chickadees checking out a home.

I went out to the garden yesterday to see when I could start taking my frustrations out on it planting my spring vegetables in it. As I walked up to the garden, though, I saw movement in one of the trees on the edge of it.

This little gourd birdhouse blew out of the tree during a storm over the winter. We picked it up out of the snow, and re-hung it on the nearest branch. Now, a black-capped chickadee has decided to check it out. The mate sat in the branches nearby.

The gourd seems like a good fit for the little birds. But there is a problem — it is too close to our garden. I think the disruption of us working in the garden will drive them off.

So once the chickadee flitted out of the gourd for a moment, I moved the birdhouse a little further away from the garden. I hated to do it, because the chickadees might not come to it’s new spot. But hopefully this way they have a little time to get used to the new location.

I hope they come back. We’d love to have them as neighbors.

Backyard Deer

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Band of mule deer bucks not intimidated by barking dogs.

For the past several years, we have had small herds of deer living in our neighborhood on the west edge of the Denver Metro Area. They have been getting bolder, coming into our backyard at night. Several days ago, they even came to snitch food from the bird feeders before it was fully dark. My dogs startled them out of the yard. But then…

 

 

They stopped, just over the fence, in my neighbor’s back yard. They were bucks; I could tell by the knobs on their heads where their antlers had been. Several of them walked by me, no more than three feet away, to get to my neighbor’s dormant garden patch.

Deer came right up to the fence.

Deer came right up to the fence.

Remember that my dogs were just on my side of the fence, barking like crazy. The deer didn’t care.

Corgi confronts mule deer through fence

Corgi confronts mule deer through fence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When the neighbor’s dog finally came out, they still weren’t worried. They just hopped another fence and returned the dog’s play-bow.

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They finally wandered away, jumping the fences like we’d step across the gutter.