We had visitors. When I went out with Taffy yesterday, we found several deer beds all snugged in very close to my house (in background, left photo).
This one was right in front of Clover cottage.
In front of my place, there were several, and a large disturbed area where the deer had dug up the snow.
This is what I saw from my window...
And this is looking back at it from near the lake.
And this was right by Clover's door, beside the trail we have leading onto the lake.
Deer dig a bed in the snow, and hunker down. With their thick coats, and hollow-shafted hair, they are so well insulated that snow falling on them will not melt. They must feel comfortable around us, to nest in so close.
We see them on the lawn almost daily, but we don't always find them having a nap just outside the door!