At this time of year, the grass at low elevations and in clearings has greened up, but the snow and shadow in the forest up in the mountains mean that there's no food there for the deer. So after a long snowy winter, the deer are hungry, and they're down on lawns where people live.
This fellow and his friends spent all day mowing our lawn. Look how skeletal he is. He can certainly use the meal. And look at how full his belly is. He certainly enjoyed himself!
I hope they'll be back to eat their fill for a couple of weeks at least -- for their good and ours. We certainly don't need to be firing up the mower tractor any time soon, the snow having only recently receded, but it will nice if the deer help delay the start of lawnmowing season by a few days. Though I must repair the fence around the garden soon!
Someday I'd like to have a couple of llamas to picket out on the lawn. Until then the deer will be more than welcome.
Today we saw the first western tanagers of the year. It's very much spring.