I’m pretty sure this is a young osprey on the nest. There is another one at the top of another tree nearby. The parents usually soar above them and call out to them. I wish I knew what they were saying. They have a pretty loud “I’m hungry” call. We’ve enjoyed watching the parent osprey chase bald eagles when they get too close to the nest. A camper, with a good view of the nest, said the parent had one of the young ones out flying in the thunderstorm that came through. They didn’t go far from the nest but he was learning how to soar in the wind.
People used to feed the deer. I wish they would realize that feeding the deer people food is killing them. If the campers don’t put their food and garbage away, the deer will eat it right off their table. The problem is that their bodies can’t digest people food so they don’t get the nourishment they need. They are full but are very malnourished. The Food Closure for the bear is actually helping the deer too! The doe and fawns are all over the campground but we’ve seen some really nice bucks outside it too.
The deer have figured out how to open coolers and they know to roll a watermelon off a table so it will break open. Even though a watermelon might be nourishing for them, they aren’t learning how to look for food ‘deer-style’. So they don’t fair very well in the winter. I saw a 3-year old child hand-feeding a deer, this morning, while her mother encouraged her. We had to explain some things to the parent. Even though they seem tame, that only lasts until they get startled. If they feel threatened, they will rise up on their hind legs and stomp on what’s threatening them. I’d hate to see a child attacked by a deer!
I walked past the campground, into the residential area. This buck was looking, longingly, into the garden. We have had a challenge trying to figure out where to hang our plants. When we first got here, we’d set the hanging baskets on the picnic table while we unpacked. A deer came up behind Don and pulled the flowers off the table. Don had a talk with her but she just stared at him. So our tomato plants are behind a chainlink fence. We got our first 2 cherry tomatoes off of it yesterday! Then he strung a rope between two trees, high enough to deter the little buggers. It also makes it a challenge for me to water them. They don’t dry out as fast up here though. We haven’t had much rain but it is more humid here than at Lodgepole Campground. Lake Pend Oreille is lower elevation too; about 2100′ elevation.
I gotta say, this IS a better view than we had at Lodgepole Campground!