In my daily newspaper column of Tuesday, Feb. 21 (“Bird feeder doubles as deer feeder”), Anne Watson of Pleasanton, Calif., had a letter describing how a buck deer was eating all of the bird seed out of a backyard feeder (http://www.mercurynews.com/gary-bogue/ci_20006146).
Here are a couple of responses to that column from other readers. I thought you’d get a kick out of the photos. Apparently “everybody” likes bird seed. (To the deer, you can add raccoons, foxes, squirrels and skunks!). /Gary
After reading your Tuesday column I just had to pass on this photo I took in our backyard in Montclair, Calif. I, too, was wondering why the birdseed was disappearing so quickly, especially since the feeder is one of those “swirl-a-squirrel” type that keeps the squirrels from dining. I never imagined it was deer until I caught this one with her hand in the cookie jar, so to speak. Her friend is browsing in the background waiting her turn. Animals are very resourceful. Needless to say, I raised the feeder. Hopefully there are are no giraffes roaming the Oakland Hills.
Susan Russell,Oakland, California
Last year when we were in Thermopolis, Wyoming, it was deer season, so many of the critters came in to town since they knew they were safe there from hunters. Attached is a photo of one of the ways the deer found food. This was outside our motel. They came early evenings, often three or more animals. Great fun to watch.
The motel had posted a sign by the bird feeders that they were for birds only, deer not allowed. Guess the deer couldn’t read.
Jan Toepfer, Alameda, California