Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Pass the Buck

I haven't seen any deer at my feeder for a while.  Then, for a few days, I had two young bucks, still with the velvet on their horns.  After that, nothing, until yesterday, when they showed up again.  Here is the one that came up to the feeder.  The other stayed near the woods, eating some bushes.  Both have lost the velvet on their horns.  So far, I have always seen them together.  Sadly, that will probably change, as the hormones ramp up and mating season is upon them.  I wonder if, after the season is over, they will become buddies again?

12 comments:

Tina said...

He is absolutely gorgeous. They are just beautiful animals. Look at that sweet face.

Terry said...

Nice! All the critters love your feeder, Louise, including me!
Our deer stay away in the summer. They haven't shown up yet, so I'm hoping summer isn't quite over yet.
Hope you are feeling better.

Sharon said...

They may have been twins. Not sure if bucks stick together after they are grown. He's a nice one! We have 2 doe and 2 fawn that come to the pasture across the road, wish I had a better camera! Jill will bark her head off, they just look at her and go back to eating. The only one the barking bothers, is me.

Jabacue said...

You are very tolerant with these guys. Nice that you are. Around here everyone complains about deer. You stop and watch them.
Thanks for comment about consciousness, now I must get to reading the book!
Jim

Vicki Lane said...

Lots of male animals are competitors during mating season then, when the hormones have settled down, get together for beer and poker. Stag parties?

BlueRidge Boomer said...

the little buck still shows up everyday with the does and fawns for the front yard buffet at our house.....

Enjoy

Canyon Girl said...

He looks a little hesitant, doesn't he? I seldom see deer here. A lot of them came a few years back when there was a huge fire at the higher altitudes. Here they had plenty of food, but looked for water. I think that's why they don't come down here. No water.--Inger

IsobelleGoLightly said...

He's very nice! I think you need to borrow our goat hoof shears, Auntie Louise, and trim his front hooves...tee hee.

Sandra said...

What a cute fellow! I am curious if the two remain friends, too..

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Isn't he grand !
I noticed the two bucks in our garden yesterday, one had the velvet hanging off his antlers, and they were bloody...
My dear son-in-law assured me this was a normal part of the shedding, but crashing those antlers into each others on a daily schedule in my opinion was the culprit.
He looks very healthy, off your seeds no doubt ;)

Tammy said...

I haven't seen many live deer around here in the last few weeks, but you can always tell when they start 'on the move', as I have seen about four killed on the highway the past couple of weeks. Not sure how deer are, but the sheep (rams) will happily kill each other during mating season, and then when it's over they settle back into their bachelor groups and enjoy hanging out together.
Tammy

barefootheart said...

Ahh, beautiful!