Saturday, March 7, 2015

A Herd of White Tail Deer – A Sign of Spring?

Photo source:  sgbrown 

The snow is melting away and the days are getting longer and warmer. These white tail deer were out in larger numbers than usual on this day. Perhaps they feel that spring is in the air. 

Living on 40 acres in the country, white tail deer are not strangers here on our place, but to see so many at one time was truly a treat. We normally see 2 or 3 a day, but when I counted these, there were 12 of them, all at one time! 

Photo source:  sgbrown


I couldn’t get a picture of all of them as once they paraded through the trees and began to graze in the meadow which is basically our front yard, they began to father in groups. There were three groups of them, it appeared that one group were mainly the bucks one group the doe and the smallest group looked the yearlings.

This time of year it is difficult to tell the bucks from the doe as the bucks have already lost their antlers. Without seeing them close up and personal, if you know what I mean, I can usually tell which are bucks by the way they carry themselves.  They usually have the most dominant characteristics and seem to be much more “watchful” than the doe. 

Hubby and I enjoyed watching them for quite some time before they wandered on down the fence line and into the woods across the driveway.  I hope they somehow know that spring is just around the corner and that this is a sign of warmer days ahead! 

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