Beth, a Howard County Master Gardener, puts out sunflower seeds for the birds—and a few neighborhood deer that dine on the high-quality seeds.
“I buy black-oil sunflower seeds in 50-pound bags and we go through one in two to three weeks. I also have a feeder with thistle seed and had one with suet, until it fell last winter and disappeared. I put sunflower seeds in the feeder in the photo plus two other feeders and in a pile on a stump in the adjacent woods, which is part of a tree conservation area we share with our neighbors. It hosts many animals and I'm happy to feed them seeds. I just wish they would stay away from the stuff I plant.”
Yes, Beth, that’s the joy of living in Deer Country, where deer love to eat things we plant.
“In any case, I've not put much thought into deterring anyone as everyone has to eat.” Beth continued. “My only solution for keeping the deer out of the feeder is not to fill it completely as we would be broke from how much seed we would go through! Instead, I get the camera out and shoot them.”
“This summer three does and four fawns came by occasionally. I've seen them more often in the late summer and early fall, maybe as often as three or four times a week. I imagine as their food sources get leaner, I'll see them more often. Last winter I believe they even ate the sunflower shells they were so hungry.”
Thank you, Beth, for shooting your deer with your Canon (camera)—and sharing the photographs with Deer Country.
|Thank you, Beth|