It’s nothing new that deer wander through our yard outside of Albany. They’ve been doing it for years. Now there are three or four does, with two fawns each, who come through every morning and night. I’ve worried about them. The ditch has been dry for months, and the river is too far, so where do they get water to drink?
I try to fill the bird bath out back every morning. But sometimes I look out and it’s nearly empty. Now I think I know the reason. Our bird bath is one place where at least one of our deer gets an occasional drink.
A few weeks ago I had filled a plastic bowl with water and put it out under the trees where the deer have made a trail leading to the neighbor’s yard. But the bowl didn’t seem to get any use. So after a while I put it away again.
If you look online for “water for backyard wildlife,” or some such thing, you can find all kinds of suggestions for how to build shallow water holes. One idea is to use the inverted lid of an old garbage can. But since around here we’ve used plastic carts for decades, who has something like that lying around?
Maybe I don’t have to worry about it now that I’ve watched that doe on the patio. If she and her friends and family get thirsty enough, especially during these hot days at the beginning of September, they’re all welcome to keep sipping from that source. All I have to do is make sure it stays filled. (hh)