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The Hoof in the Water

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The Hoof in the Water
01 March 2010
Cranberry Marsh, Westhampton Beach, NY

The Deer in the Reeds (Part II)

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The Deer in the Reeds (Part II)
21 September 2009
Dune Rd, Quogue, NY

Written by Allison Frost

December 16, 2009 at 6:51 pm

The Deer in the Reeds

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The Deer in the Reeds
21 September 2009
Dune Road, Quogue, NY

Written by Allison Frost

November 21, 2009 at 10:13 am

The Deer in Somebody’s Front Yard

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Taken from the street.

The Deer in Somebody’s Front Yard
21 September 2009
Brook Rd, Quiogue, NY

Written by Allison Frost

November 11, 2009 at 10:04 am

The Startled Deer

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My brother and I were out for a bike ride down Dune Road on a particularly windy day. It was hard riding, the wind against us, so we were going to cut the ride short… when lo and behold, he comes to a screeching halt on his bicycle. He then just points. There was a deer, hanging out in someone’s yard, looking just as startled to see us as we were.

The Startled Deer
14 September 2009
Dune Rd, Quogue, NY

Written by Allison Frost

October 25, 2009 at 6:35 pm

The Deer in the Driveway

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A deer darted out at one of the wider spots on Dune Road and crossed there — despite my car in one lane and a truck approaching in another. All of us were very lucky that the deer was very fast and had pretty good timing: in her dash across the road, all her limbs elongated beautifully to carry her across to the reeds, and she was not hit.

Of course, where there’s one deer, there’s likely more, and so, pulling over, I began to look over at where she had come from. Lo and behold, her family was standing there in someone’s driveway, staring back at me. They then turned and began to head towards the house and the ocean, leaving their brave family member on the bay side, where she had disappeared into the reeds.

The Deer in the Driveway
13 April 2009
Dune Road, Westhampton Beach, NY

Written by Allison Frost

April 22, 2009 at 10:52 am

The Goat at the Game Farm

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One of my favorite places to go in the summer is the Long Island Game Farm. I even had my 8th birthday party there! Walking around there is a great way to spend a day, from stretching your neck to see Gerry the Giraffe, to walking around in the deer enclosure, to feeding eager baby goats from a bottle. This little guy was one of the latter, and after he had dispensed with his meal, decided he had an inch to scratch.

The Goat at the Game Farm
18 September 2007
Long Island Game Farm, Manorville, NY

A Bird in the Hand

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Last week, D and I had the opportunity to head over to the Elizabeth A. Morton Wildlife Refuge, where no matter what the season I always have no trouble finding wildlife to stalk. Most common are the chickadees, who fly to your hand with little to no coaxing (provided you appear to have seed in it), but also abundant are the tufted titmouse (seen here), cardinals, blue jays, woodpeckers, turkeys, squirrel, and deer.

The wildlife at Morton is so friendly towards humans, making the act of observing or photographing them easy. The reason the birds are so friendly is because they have been fed by hand for so many years that they are completely happy to fly to your hand if only you hold it out. Luring a chickadee used to be much harder — I remember being a squirmy child and going with my parents or grandmother, only to wait what seemed like forever after holding out my hand for one to fly to me. Now, as a squirmy adult, I’ve had them fly at me without waiting for me to even stop on the trail. Even tufted titmouse never used to fly to the hand.

Of course, you are not supposed to feed them. Feeding wildlife is generally a bad idea, and the reasons against it are numerous. This article talks about the alternatives to having a feeder in your yard, such as planting things that will attract insects, which will then in turn attract the birds you’d like to watch.

A Bird in the Hand
30 December 2008
Elizabeth A. Morton Wildlife Refuge, Sag Harbor, NY

The Fawn in the Woods (Part II)

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The same fawn first mentioned here.

The Fawn in the Woods (Part II)
03 November 2008
Wildwood State Park, New York

Written by Al

November 5, 2008 at 11:25 pm

The Fawn in the Woods

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When at Wildwood, my mother and I found ourselves wondering one thing — in all of this preserved woodland, where were the deer? After all, if they can roam Main Street in Westhampton Beach, why not these woods?

Off in the distance, the sound of maintenance trucks roared, and all of a sudden, at the top of the hill on the path in front of us crossed four or five deer, from one side of the woods to the other. We approached the side they crossed to cautiously, wary of scaring them, but it seemed they were more curious than frightened. They stared at us while our cameras went click click click.

The Fawn in the Woods
03 November 2008
Wildwood State Park, New York

Written by Al

November 3, 2008 at 11:22 pm