Thursday, February 22, 2007

Nine White-Tailed Deer Show for the Count

Late in the first day of the 2007 Great Backyard Bird Count, the white-tailed deer arrived. They arrived in the Habitat’s lower meadow area and were clearly unclear where to go (see the first photo). Nearly all of the regular deer visitors have a set path through the Habitat; they come, stop, eat, but always continue on the same path. I suspect that these deer were looking for something to nibble on, but with the snow-covered ground they found little. The herd totaled nine (as seen in the second photo). From the third and fourth photos, you can see that we have a maturing young male who was tolerated by mom. He will be leaving her in the next season.

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