White Tailed Deer

Harland and I paid a visit to Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge on Sunday. We were there just a couple months ago in October(see post here), but wanted to see what kinds of birds might be migrating through these days.  We were amply rewarded in that we saw swans, bald eagles, and thousands of snow geese.  We also saw this beautiful deer grazing alongside of the road so we stopped to watch her for a while.

And then she began to watch us.

  • White-tails range from Canada down into Mexico, Central America, and as far south as Peru.
  • When frightened, they raise and wave their white tails like a flag warning others of danger.
  • They are so perfectly suited to their environment that fossil records show no change in their structure for the last 4 million years.

I’ve seen deer all my life, but not usually this close up, so it was a treat. She didn’t run away, but stared at us for a while, then went back to grazing.

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——->  UP NEXT:   Thousands of Snow Geese, up close and personal.