The deer now have their full coats and are ready for the cold of winter. The question is whether or not we’re going to have cold weather this winter. Our pattern of frequent rains and mild daytime temperatures seems to be holding strong. That’s not to be taken as a complaint, just an observation.
They all look strong and healthy. Their full fluffy coats look very well kept and there are no signs of gauntness or bare ribs. It’s been a while since I’ve seen late December deer looking so fit.
Nighttime temperatures still dip below freezing and heavy frosts are a normal morning feature. These deer are still carrying a coating of frost on their backs. The deer hair provides such superb insulation that body heat won’t melt the frost and the deer don’t feel the chill.
The twins are still traveling with their mother. They are totally independent now and don’t look to her for guidance, but they’ll remain companions until next spring.
They come looking for cracked corn. Each tiny bit must be picked up individually. They can’t end up with more than a few kernels for their efforts. Corn isn’t an ideal food for deer, but what they get here isn’t more than a little treat. To remain healthy, they need to get out and consume the mixed browse to be found scattered across the fields and woods.
The twins may have declared independence, but they still exhibit some traits of young siblings. There’s always that concern that your brother is getting a little more than his fair share.