Friday, March 18, 2011

another home video for your viewing pleasure

(Video runs 1.29 min.)

My husband shot this video of one of the deer who dine (usually at night) at the bird feeder filled with cracked sunflower seeds. It is just outside our kitchen window and we hang it low in the bush so they can graze there.

When I saw the mid portion, with the deer going potty in our front yard, the music to accompany the video came immediately to mind. This rendition of Home on the Range is from an album my parents had when I was a kid. Titled Home on the Range: an Evening of Western Hits, the group singing is The Bar -X Chorus. Never heard of them? Probably not! They must have been one of those groups formed by record companies to grind out theme albums in the late 50s/early 60s. The music is as corny as it can be, but I absolutely love it for the rush of memories I have when I hear it.

I bought more birdseed and dry ears of corn for our wildlife menagerie at our local farm store yesterday. There were hundreds of baby chicks under heat lamps for sale so I lingered to see them and to watch the expression on a little girl's face as she studied them, and studied me studying them. Down a side aisle I noticed large, putty-colored rocks and wondered what they were so took a look. The store is selling these huge salt rocks for people to offer to their horses. It seems to me that our deer would probably like them. If any of you have had first-hand experience concerning deer salt licks please leave me a comment. 



Debbie Smith said...

Well, I will certainly never get to see this while living in Las Vegas! You're so lucky, and right out your kitchen window!
Thank you for stopping by my blog and your comment!
I do LOVE Boston! Somehow on my first trip there I missed this great little street. You MUST definateley see it when you visit.
Have a fabulous day!
Debbie's Travels

mythopolis said...

You're right, the song is quite a Lawrence Welk version...but I do understand the sentiment. : )

The deer population here is huge, as I am sure it is there as well. The highways are littered with them, unfortunately. They tend to follow the same paths routinely, which is why a Deer Crossing sign shows up here and there. Salt licks can be used to lure deer into making new paths, and steer them away from highways, or from your property.

Speaking of chicks, I have just finished a backyard coop, and will have laying hens. I will feed organically, and have healthier eggs! (This is soon to be its own blog, stay tuned!)

Don't Feed The Pixies said...

wow - you are really lucky to have Deer wondering around near where you live. There are some in the general area - i once saw one on my way to work, but we get more foxes, stray cats and the occasional frog

Wierdly though - one of my early memories of libraries is going to my local library (basically one medium-sized room) and borrowing a book about cowboys, that had "Home On The Range" printed in it

Couldn't tell you what the book was called - but i seem to remember thinking that being a cowboy was mighty fine :)

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

you know what? I loved it! It was the perfect tempo for leisurely deer watching...and for leisurely deer pooping! :)

Kathe W. said...

perfect music to poop by for a deer that is.....hilarious and fun to see. Thanks for posting it!

Roxana said...


my heart melt when the deer appeared, first i couldn't see it, being hidden as it was under the cage :-)

Lydia said...

Debbie Smith~ No, I would not expect this in Las Vegas! You are so widely traveled that you must see your fair share of the world's wildlife, I would imagine. :)

mythopolis~ And yet another blog? You are the most prolific and diverse blogger out there! The one about the chicks sounds wonderful...let me know when it is up and running.
I hate to see dead deer on the roads. Their populations are in competition with our sprawl. When we moved to this house 12 years ago we did not have deer. Then the city allowed developers to skin the east hills of their forests and in went the subdivisions. What is a family of deer to do? It is tragic.

Pixies~ The life of a real cowboy, those that still enjoy that kind of life, are about as fine and free as you can get. I love your memory of the book at the library.

I have seen two foxes in the fields around here, and that was years ago. I was so excited; they were beautiful!

Caren and Cody~ It seemed the perfect song to me. :) "Leisurely," that is the word for it!

Kathe~ Your humorous appreciation is seriously appreciated. :)

Roxana~ Yes, a little white-tailed deer. Gentle as anything on the earth. A prize of nature stopping by because it feels safe here...that is what makes me happy.



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