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White Tailed Deer

Odocoileus virginianus


This deer is tan or reddish-brown in the summer and grayish-brown in the winter, with certain areas remaining white all year round. Fawns are spotted with brown tails and a white underside. When sensing danger, the deer raises its tail – this is called ‘flagging.’ Showing this large white patch on the underside of the tail signals an alarm to other deer and helps a fawn follow its mother to safety.


On Cape Forchu, Nova Scotia, an Istmus near the Bay of Fungi. There are trees and some forest, lots of grass and fields with wild flowers. Near the ocean.


These two deer (this buck and his "friend/ brother" the doe ) came to graze every day onto the lawn of our rental accommodation. Lovely! They seemed very attached to each other.

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Nova Scotia, Canada

Spotted on Aug 23, 2019
Submitted on Nov 23, 2019

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