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Arizona Wildlife: Who's Been Emptying My Bird Bath?

Mule deer at my birdbath: Mike in Tucson, AZ mortgage lender

~ Last Call ~

I keep my birdbath full, and have to fill it every morning.  It's hanging nearly four feet off the ground, and I wondered what was draining it dry every night.  Tonight I stood quietly in the corner of the ramada (that's back porch for you easterners) and waited.  I didn't have to wait long.  This mule deer family (mom and the twins) came quietly out of the arroyo for their evening fill-er-up.


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Comment balloon 35 commentsMike Jones • June 17 2011 01:36AM


Mike - How funny!  And cute!  Clearly, they have one eye on the bird bath, one eye on you!

Posted by Sharon Lord, New Home Advisor (Maracay Homes) over 9 years ago

Mike, I am sure that they appreciate the fresh drink every night!  Great job capturing them in the act!

Posted by Tony & Darcy Cannon, The C Team (Aubrey and Associates Realty) over 9 years ago

What a great photo, Mike.  A nice group of neighbors to have! Also, I am newbie here and just noticed the night owl groups that you belong to.  I will be happy to join those too! 

Posted by Eric Crane -- Your Full Service, Discount Fee Realtor®, Greater Metro Phoenix Arizona (DPR Realty LLC) over 9 years ago

Mike another wonderful photo and story too! I couldnt see it on face book what a surprise to see the deer... Hope they get those fires out soon

Posted by Debra Leisek ( Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska) over 9 years ago

Hi Mike, great pic and I learned a new term  Ramada....thanks for sharing.

Posted by Ronald DiLalla, No. Orange Cty Real Estate (Century 21 Discovery DRE 01813824) over 9 years ago

The lengths to which you go to get a magnificent photo to share is extraordinary.  Now that you know, considering the volume of water a mule deer can consumer, you might just put out a bucket full.


Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 9 years ago


The marauding deer here eat and drink everything that is withing reach, so we have to elevate feeders and birdbaths to let the birds have something to eat and drink. Great photo.

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) over 9 years ago

Great story


We have deer wondering around our yard eating the flowers.

Posted by Keith Lawrence, ABR, SFR (Christie's International) over 9 years ago


Thank for sharing.  Goes to show that the desert is not just some wasteland. It is fun to see mulies. As a side note, I mentioned "ramada" here in Green Bay, and they thought I was talking about the hotel chain!  Talk about a confusing conversation.  Having grown up there in Tucson, that is just what I have always called it.  I guess you can take the boy out of Arizona, but you can't take the Arizona out of the boy!  

Posted by Paul M over 9 years ago

Mike - I love the deer, and in the desert, you probably have the most consistent water supply around.

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) over 9 years ago

Keep filling it and they will keep coming.

Maybe the noticed you had a Ramada Inn lol

Enjoy the day

Posted by Don MacLean, Realtor-Homes for Sale- Easton, Mass 02356 (New England Real Estate Center Inc.) over 9 years ago


We'll do that.  Thanks!


It's been unusually dry this winter and spring.


Thanks for stopping by and commenting!


They eat our flowers too.


We want to see photos!


That birdbath is 30" across and almost 3" deep.  It takes gallons to fill it.  I refilled it last night after the photo.


You're welcome!


Glad to oblige!


The fires are far from us, but the smoke travels for hundreds of miles.


You'll love the Night Owl group here in the Rain.


Yes they do!


Thanks for being the first to comment!  They all had their noses down in the water, and I whistled to get them to pose for the photo.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 9 years ago

Great pic Mike.  I thought maybe you set up a motion sensor or something.  I bet you had to be nice and quiet to get them all to come up and not notice you.  Good work.

Posted by Shane Cook, Residential and Commercial Realtor (My Home Group) over 9 years ago

How beautiful!  I hope they stick to the water though, around here deer eat all the plants and drive homeowners crazy. 

Posted by Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate (Baird & Warner Real Estate) over 9 years ago


We put up signs that say "No Eating," and that seems to do the trick.


I did have to be very still and quiet.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 9 years ago

LOL @ the title "Last Call"

Posted by Renée Donohue~Home Photography, Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer (Savvy Home Pix) over 9 years ago

Wow, that is very cool!  Keep fillin' that thing up Mike, and you'll have all sorts of new friends stopping by!

Posted by Bob Hertzog, Designated Broker (Summit Home Consultants) over 9 years ago

Now that you know what kind of visitors you are getting, it might be fun to go to Cabella's for one of the cameras deer hunters use to get more/better pics.

Posted by Jim Little, Your Sun City Arizona Realtor (Ken Meade Realty) over 9 years ago

O that is so beautiful! Thanks for the awesome post!

Posted by Rosalie Evans, The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale (Meritus Group Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Amazing! We had alot of these in Flagstaff too. Good old AZ wildlife :)

Posted by Abe Schmidt, Real Estate Social Media Trainer over 9 years ago

Hi Mike, pretty Darn Cool, I'd say. Plus I give the Mule Deer kudos for knowing that you are a good a host and will keep that birdbath filled if only to help them out. Actually I love that you are doing this and hope you continue. :-)

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) over 9 years ago

I like it! I like it!


Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) over 9 years ago

Awesome!!! You do indeed live in a wonderful area of the country! Thank you so much for sharing this!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 9 years ago

Oh, that is cool!

Posted by w w over 9 years ago

Wow Mike that is an awesome shot. It is so very sad that our state is on fire - it's unbelievable how many acres upon acres are burnt. The wildlife needs help - and look at you......steping up and serving them in your backyard.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker, 602-380-4886 (HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000) over 9 years ago

I'm with Lenn, put out a bucket full for them. Besides, they're practically family now!

Posted by Connie Harvey, Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate (Pilkerton Realtors) over 9 years ago

That's definitely a cool picture, a family of deer like that in your back yard is worth staying up for to capture a shot drinking out of your bird bath.

Posted by Eileen Hsu, LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) over 9 years ago


Good for you for feeding birds and deer.  They both need the water.  By the way, I love how you have set up your replies.  Different.

Posted by Evelyn Kennedy, Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA (Alain Pinel Realtors) over 9 years ago

Twin mulies last fall: Mike in Tucson, AZ mortgage lenderAll,

This is a shot of the twins you see above, taken seven months ago.  They've grown up!

I can't put out a bucket of water because the javelina will commandeer the bucket and drive off the mule deer.

I really appreciate all the kind comments, and plan to continue to fill the bird bath nightly until the monsoon rains bring relief to the desert.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 9 years ago

Mike, I've yet to see any of the deer here in Arizona and am so jealous that you have a family of them.  Thanks for taking care of them. 

And, I think it's AWESOME that you're volunteering for the national forest - that is so giving of you!!!  THANK YOU - perhaps you'll help spot some of these crazy wild fires before they get out of control.  I'm so proud of you.

Posted by Juli Vosmik, Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739 (Dominion Fine Properties) over 9 years ago


Aw, shucks...  :)

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 9 years ago

Love it!!  They are giving us a good example of the 'dear in the headlights' look...  

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) over 9 years ago

Mike-I had deer come every night to my backyard and eat all the birdseed. Love the pics.

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) over 9 years ago

Hello Mike and the photo says it all, great capture ...

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Vegas Bob ;o)

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz over 9 years ago

What a great shot!

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) over 9 years ago

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