Saturday, August 20, 2016

Tell Tale Signs

     I had a couple of mysterious callers at my place the last few weeks. They both left evidence that explained what was going on.

     I live on a corner. It's a handy shortcut for all kinds of reasons.  Kids cut across with their bikes. The odd car has cut across. I'm sure many people walk across and I never see them. Then all kinds of critters take advantage of a good short cut.

     A couple of weeks ago we had one of those nights with lots of thunder, lightning and rain. I went for the paper early in the morning. I noticed there was black material on my drive way right by the corner of the house. I thought it was mud but didn't know why it would be there. I went out. Yes, it was mud. Somebody was going across my yard and accidentally stepped in the flower bed. There was a petunia thrown on the grass. I wondered where it came from. I couldn't see any petunias that were missing. After a long time it hit me. It came from a hanging pot.

     Yesterday I looked out the front window and there was more black stuff. This time it was lighter and I was sure the stuff was deer poop.    So I went out to check and sure enough some deer was crossing my yard in the night and just had to leave a deposit at that place.
   
    So no problem. somebody took a shortcut across my yard. What got into his head to pull the petunia  out, I don't know. Many deer are in the area in the winter. I was surprised the deer were around in the summer. The sneaky devils always prowl around at night.

    So I had two unseen visitors that left some evidence to tell a story.

Photo by Bonnie Mullin

34 comments:

  1. We get them sneaking in all the time!!!

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    1. But you're out there all by yourself and it's a good place for deer.

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  2. At least we can excuse the deer. People damage, not so excusable.

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  3. I think the deer doesn't like petunia's. He wanted to make it clear to you.:)

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    1. Deer eat many plants but maybe they don't like petunias.

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  4. Maybe the deer pulled out the petunia to eat it, but then didn't like it and left it behind?

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    1. These event happened about 10 days apart. I guess I'm going to have to be more precise in my writing. An old news man could show me tricks here.

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  5. oh, sneaky petunia muncher! :)

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    1. My two incidents were about ten days apart. I didn't make that very clear.

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  6. They can move in droves and not make much noise.

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    1. ...and they can stand there in droves and not move a hair.

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  7. I've seen bobcats in our area but so far no deer, probably because of the bobcats.

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    1. Bobcats won't worry them but couger have deer as their main prey.

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  8. My parents have deer in their yard all the time, and my mom needs to protect her flowers or they eat them all.

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    1. If they're there you have to live with them.

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  9. Funny about the deer's taste for petunias. Someone out there is eating all my tomatoes and ignoring my peppers. Go figure.

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    1. There's not enough deer munching her for me to notice it.

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  10. I think he/she just wanted you to know he/she was there!

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    1. Yes they wanted to have a little fun .

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  11. well, they did leave a calling card, after all! That's pretty funny. I guess they don't like petunias? :-)

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    1. In the winter I see the tracks and know when they're around.

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  12. My eggplant was missing lots of leaves one morning and I made the assumption the it was the deer...they do that, you know...however, as I looked closer, I saw a tomato worm on the eggplant...I put him out for the birds...

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    1. I don't have tomato worms here and by the sound of it I don't want them here.

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  13. Oh that would be so cool to see deer in your yard, oh wait, you didn't 'see' them. They only left you their calling card, neither of which I would appreciate. Well, I guess that's boo on deer in your yard.

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    1. You rarely see them in the day.

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  14. You possess the attributes of a successful detective! Red Deer police should consider employing you as a special adviser.

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  15. They can do untold damage to a garden as you know and they are almost impossible to keep out. We have a lot on the Island but I've never seen on around where I live yet thank heaven.

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  16. Oh, sure, the deer are sweet, until they've munched up your entire garden!

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  17. They seem to like your corner like everyone else. And your flowers, too!

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  18. I now live in the apt as you know and some residents tell me the deer's are standing on the parking lot to soon walk over to the gardens at 5 .P.M. Why. The lower tenants have gardens. I am on the third floor no chance they get up here. When I lived at the last place . I had them every day in my garden.

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  19. It was the only way she could leave her calling card :)

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  20. yes sometimes they just pull up flowers too and leave them lay...they left you some fertilizer! :)

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  21. Hi Red, I have to give Far Side of Fifty some credit for finding the positive ... they left you some fertilizer. :-) I like that!

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