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  •  I'm so pleased to hear winter has released (11+ / 0-)

    your hillside there finally. It sounds like you get a big rebound when it lets go, with spring activity coming in a rush. Everybody was waiting. Must feel really good, warmth at last :)

    That's really cool you can distinguish two of the Phoebes by their calls. One of the great frustrations in observing wildlife is not being able to know creatures as individuals. A sparrow. A seal. Not this particular personality.

    I'm reading a book right now about whitetail deer in NH, where the observer sees them often enough to distinguish individuals and families. And how they behave with each other, like which families are higher status. I have a deer fence around my half acre lot so I only see them at a distance, but as I recall, you have deer roaming freely through your property. Have you noticed individuals or particular families of a doe and her offspring?

    •  It does seem as if Spring arrived overnight. (9+ / 0-)

      I love winter, but I was ready for it to go away already! I am sure the poor creatures were happy to see it go, too.

      I do know the individual deer. They have very distinct personalities. Some are very bold, some shy. There is one doe who always has twins, and she is very protective. She will charge anyone who gets too close. Most does will run away and hope the fawns follow - not this one. It is even possible to find out which deer like which foods. It just takes a lot of watching. And it really helps that they have no fear of me.

      LOL! Nothing is afraid of me.

      "May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house." - George Carlin

      by Most Awesome Nana on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 11:18:02 AM PDT

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    •  Deer were regulars in my yard when I lived in (9+ / 0-)

      Santa Rosa, CA, but now just one young buck comes late at night to my front yard and bucks and runs when he sees me through the windows. Eureka has planned open spaces, which of course are not really open, more like patches of dense conifoer forest, so the deer come through and then venture out into the nearby gardens. My visitor here is quite shy, but one guy back in Santa Rosa used to jump my fence (six feet with pergola above that) and come in to nap in the shade. He was not shy, and I think would have been pettable if I had tried. He stood his ground when I went out into the yard, and would leave only upon most urgent shooing from me. I liked him, but my Peruvian lilies did not.

      It's 57F here today, and the birdies are happy in the yard. Many fox sparrows here; you can tell by the leaf detritus flying into the air when they start scratching. They are big here, too, and quite dark all over the top, although some are reddish brown, so that does happen. They have a lot of individual differences, but most have streaked breasts with the one large spot in the middle. And they are masters of camouflage:

      W. H. Auden: "We must love one another or die."

      by martyc35 on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 12:44:17 PM PDT

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