Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Ever wonder where deer sleep in a snowstorm?

... on my snowshoe trail apparently!

We had a mother of a storm here yesterday. When I went snowshoeing today, I found these deer beds on my trail. You can see where they dug down, and then how much snow fell while they were all comfy in bed.




see the frozen indent made by the deer's leg in the middle of the bed?

What cool things have you found on your trail?

14 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I envy you the snow!
Bummer, I'm twenty-one minutes late to this post. Losing my Ninja skills.

Jemi Fraser said...

That is very cool! I assumed they would bed down, but I wasn't sure. Great photos! :)

Kelly Polark said...

I've never seen a deer bed before!!! Does your dog go nuts if he smells the deer??

Natalie Aguirre said...

Cool. I had no idea. Unlike Alex, I'm glad we don't have all the snow.

The Golden Eagle said...

Wow. That is interesting!

KarenG said...

I haven't been on any trails but I do enjoy virtually accompanying you.

mshatch said...

I have often wondered where deer bed down in the winter! I hope they have company to keep them warm.

As for the snow, well, I'm of two minds. On the one hand I'm not much of a fan of winter but if it snows then it can't be really cold, which is what's in store for us tonight. I'm afraid zero is just not my favorite temperature.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Actually, I always worry about the deer when it's cold, rainy, snowy, or in the summer when it's 100 degrees plus. I guess they're tough little creatures to survive. Great photos.

Jaye Robin Brown said...

Very cool. I tend to look at neat plant matter. I always love when the first trout lilies poke their heads up in the spring, and finding trilliums is always a big deal, too. One time I saw a massive black snake (easily 4 feet long) climbing up the side of the tree. Snake spottings, even harmless ones, aren't my favorite.

Kristin Lenz said...

I need a wilderness vacation! But we finally have snow here! It's blowing and gusting and is actually supposed to stick and accumulate. Did I say I wanted snow?

L. Diane Wolfe said...

We have a large hawk that has designated our neighborhood as his turf (we live outside of town, surrounded by fields and a pig farm) and he sits on our fence once a day. I need to post the photos I got when he sat on our deck railing two weeks ago. I thought our cats were going to come unglued.

Janet Smart said...

that looks very cold! I just assumed that is what they did, and I guess I was right.

Tess said...

When we first moved here (from busy So. Calif) I saw some deer in our back yard and called my mom "Mom!" I said - so excited - "We have deer!"

Fast forward a few years and I'm not quite as excited. My kiddos still love it when they come around but I'm tired of them eating my ENTIRE garden!

We also had a cougar trolling the creekbed behind our house last year. That was exciting.

Deniz Bevan said...

Neat, I always wondered. But... do they cover themselves with anything?