... dear deer
It's been quite a while since I have seen evidence of deer in our yard -- except that the Chinese holly is a lot sparser. We have a new development going in over the hill behind us and the developers have been raping the landscape to create "buildable" lots, so I was not really surprised that the deer may have moved on.
Seven -- yes, seven mostly adult size deer started ambling down the hillside as I was policing the kitchen last night. They heard our activity and froze in place. It's amazing how sensitive their hearing is! Then a car drove down the street and they retreated up the hill. They probably went back down the hill to the river after dark.
I love living in the midst of nature -- tho I don't like what the deer do to my garden.