Nature Notes: Hive, Nest, Deer

nest in a treet
A nest in a tree: this is easy to see. (Michelle thinks this is a squirrel’s nest, a drey).

Nearby to the nest, I found this large hive. Is something alive and living in this hive? Hornets, perhaps? (Michelle suggests a bald faced hornet hive – see her comment below).

birds in the sky fly high
Birds high in the sky fly by without a hello. Nor a goodbye.

I walked in the woods (behind my daughter’s school) and whom did I meet: two deer, what a treat.

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16 thoughts on “Nature Notes: Hive, Nest, Deer

    • I got “white eye” in all my photos of the deer (sort of like red-eye) and had to fill in their eyes with something.

      It is actually too common to see deer around here. They abound. And they don’t hibernate like the groundhogs do.

  • That is a treat and what a good fur coat the one on the left has. But I am as interested in the hive too…looked it up..bald faced hornet

    Every year, queens that were born and fertilized at the end of the previous season begin a new colony. The queen selects a location for its nest, begins building it, lays a first batch of eggs and feeds this first group of larvae. These become workers and will assume the chore of expanding the nest โ€” done by chewing up wood which is mixed with a starch in their saliva. This mixture is then spread with their mandibles and legs, drying into the paper-like substance that makes up the nest. The workers also guard the nest and feed on nectar, tree sap and fruit pulp. They also capture insects and arthropods, which are chewed up to be fed to the larvae. In addition, Bald-Faced Hornets have been observed scavenging raw meat. This continues through summer and into fall. Near the end of summer, or early in the fall, the queen begins to lay eggs which will become drones and new queens. After pupation, these fertile males and females will mate, setting up next year’s cycle of growth.
    Remains of a bald-faced hornet nest (diameter is approximately 25 cm or 10 in)

    As winter approaches, the wasps die โ€“ except any just-fertilized queens. These hibernate underground, under logs or in hollow trees until spring. The nest itself is generally abandoned by winter, and will not be reused. When spring arrives, the young queens emerge and the cycle begins again.

  • Hi Leora, I have seen similiar nest and heard they become abandoned. I love the deer, they are so sweet looking. Great pic’s, have awonderful evening.

  • Great finds! I agree with Michelle – that buck has quite a coat! And the view of the hornet’s nest is terrific. I’m absolutely amazed at the architecture and ingenuity of all kinds of animal nests – hornet nests are just fascinating; beautiful in a scary kind of way. ๐Ÿ™‚

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