The Deer and Hare

Well, it sounds like a good title for a village inn.

I need to brush the dust off this blog. Again. Call it a spring cleaning, since the unseasonably mild weather seems to have England in its grip. It has woken up the hedgehogs.

As well as early flowers such as violets and lesser celandine, but that’s for another post. This one is full of that chubby little deer with a face of a teddy and the teeth of a tiger.

Broads water deer2 22 Mar 22

Chinese water deer are, of course, not native to the Norfolk Broads, but unlike our other introduced deer such as fallow and muntjac, are not considered to be invasive. They graze in tough marshy habitats and do little harm. They are not, strictly speaking, social; you see them dotted along the marsh, like so many readers in a library trying to pretend that they are alone.

But one of these deer had acquired a companion. See it lurking by the reeds?

Broads water deer1 22 Mar 22

Brown hares are rather big, and water deer are rather small, and seeing them together emphasises that point.

Broads hare1 22 Mar 22

It looks like 10c will be shaved off our temperatures next week. Perhaps then the dusk light can stop pretending that it is summer.

Broads dusk1 22 Mar 22

15 thoughts on “The Deer and Hare

    1. Yes, although I would add a caveat of course that it’s always a bad idea (and usually illegal) to introduce a non-native species. If you end up with one like water deer which isn’t harmful, that’s just a matter of good luck. I’m sure the people who imported buddleia and knotweed had no desire to cause an environmental disaster but they certainly managed it.

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  1. Welcome back! I love your phrase “like so many readers in a library trying to pretend that they are alone,” and also appreciate the rare opportunity to compare the sizes of the two animals. πŸ™‚

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  2. The other day I was watching a video on CBC with a grizzly bear coming out of den, somewhere near Golden, BC. Spring is coming, somewhere with bears digging its way out through the snow, somewhere with a lot of rain (hint: Vancouver). πŸ˜€
    Nice post.

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