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Posted on January 30, 2019 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
You heard correctly:  Jon feeds the deer in our front yard.  They stand out there and wait for him to bring the corn. They step off into the woods just a bit until he starts to leave, then they're on it!!!!!  They don't even wait for him to get all the way away.  Who trained whom?  Just sayin....
Back to the point of this blog:   Deer will eat just about anything.  No garden is safe.  I've seen lists of plants they don't like as much, but without enough of their preferred food, deer will eat anything!
You can see the Rutgers University list of plants rated for deer resistance at
We buy dried corn to feed them, hoping they will leave the Forsythia bushes alone.  We plant things that we know they don't like so much, like Rosemary and Sage and Marigolds.  But when they are hungry enough, they'll eat the Leyland Cypress trees and Junipers!!!
Mark had a good point about feeding the deer.  Spread out the corn, so that it isn't in a pile. If it sits too long and gets wet, it can mold and kill them.  Turkeys can die from moldy corn too, so let's not do THAT!!!!!!
Posted on July 15, 2018 8:55 AM by Mark Conde
This morning we were treated with the antics of four fawns coming together to hang out in our yard. It seems the moms brought them together to hang in a day care unit.
Here are the four of them mowing my lawn!
And this buck from last year is going to have one heck of a rack!
and not to be outdone, Mr turkey showed up for his share of corn!
Posted on June 10, 2018 10:00 AM by Gerry Trout
I didn't take this picture, but this morning on my walk I saw a baby deer exactly this size.  As I came around the curve by the hiking trail, she walked right up to me as if she knew me.
She seemed to be by herself, so I called for Momma.  Because Baby had a mind to follow me!!  
So, if you're walking, keep an eye out.  If you're driving, GO SLOW!!!!  You might get to see her.
Posted on May 25, 2018 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
Yep, I want to be a cat in this house!!!!   
This is Ranger, he is 14 years old, and moves from sunspot to sunspot.  
Posted on May 15, 2018 8:05 AM by Gerry Trout
I hope you have checked out the Titmouse nest.  There are four hungry babies, and one very busy Momma bird!!!!!
Go look before they fledge!!  It could be soon.
Posted on May 7, 2018 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
We have lots of bluebirds here. We see them year round.  Fascinating to watch as they build nests, raise babies, and bring joy to our neighborhood.
You can have a "bird's eye view" by going to  and see inside the Yorktown nest box.  Right now they are building a new nest for the next brood.
Or....You can build a bluebird house of your own and see for yourself.  The dimensions are available online, and not that hard to build.  Sounds like a good winter project!!!!  But don't wait til then.....  :)
Posted on May 4, 2018 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
If you loved watching the bluebird nest, you might enjoy this new angelcam on the titmouse nest.
They are very different, and fun to see inside the nest.  When can we ever do that?
Go to  Yorktown titmouse nest and see into another world.
Posted on May 1, 2018 7:50 AM by Gerry Trout
I hope you are still checking on the bluebird nest in Yorktown.  There are two babies, and they actually look like birds now!  They are adorable!!!!!  And they are getting very active.
Here, I'll make it easy for you....  Just click on the link.  Better hurry!  They will fledge soon, really soon.
Posted on April 13, 2018 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
Momma is still on the nest.  And yesterday we saw her feeding two tiny chicks!!!!
Go there NOW!!!!     https://wildbirds-1.click2stream     You'll be glad you did!!!!!
I just learned that Mr. Bluebird has a white eye-ring and is brighter than Mrs. Bluebird.  Now we can tell WHO is babysitting.  Still just two babies.  Hmmm.  Wonder what that means.  Keep watching!!!!.
Posted on April 10, 2018 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
I hope you're still checking on the bluebird nestbox at
I looked yesterday and saw 5 pretty blue eggs.  They should be hatching any day now.....Go look!!
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