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December 11, 2014

Deer season seemed to be a dud this year. There were not very many hunters out in the woods and not many shots were fired. I don’t know if the weather was not cooperating, people have lost interest in hunting or we have become too complacent. The result is the same, there will be more deer killed by Toyotas than by guns this year.

I know there are plenty of deer in the woods, because I see them beside the main roads (standing, as well as dead).

It won’t take too many years of low deer kill before there are too many deer for the forests to support. Then disease will cull the herds for us.

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Birds have begun to flock to our feeders again. We will soon be going through 20 lbs. of black oil sunflower seeds a week. It is sort of our Christmas present to each other to buy seed and suet cakes for the birds to eat over the winter. We are gifted-back through watching the antics of our little feathered friends as they frolic and feed.

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Some folks I have talked to forget that goldfinches molt in the fall and lose their bright yellow plumage. They ask me if they have migrated south. While some do migrate, the majority hang around throughout the year.

All through the winter, goldfinch males are somewhat dun colored, almost resembling some type of sparrow, but, come late March or early April, they will regain their summer beauty.

While the woodpeckers spend more time on the suet cake than any other species, chick-a-dees and cardinals like to eat suet too.

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