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Saturday, March 5, 2016

A Tale of Two Tails

So I can't tell much difference between one deer and the next except by size and if there are antlers involved.

Yesterday I was watching these two deers eat their way along the grass down the hill from my vegetable garden. 

 I was wondering if they would even attempt to reach the green leaves of the English laurel.  Last year they devoured those leaves and I almost lost the bushes.  This year I put up deer fencing around the four bushes and have kept the deer out as evidenced by these two that worked their way around the fencing. (The laurel is not visible in these photos but the green stake on the left side of the photo above is holding up one corner of the deer fencing.)  

As I watched I noticed the tails of these two. They were different. 

 Is this unusual to have one pointed and one squared off? 

 Now when I see a deer on the property again I'll have to take a closer look at the tail.

As a postscript I captured this lone robin on the fence of the vegetable garden.  Most of the winter the robins I've seen have been traveling in flocks.  Maybe this solo one is a harbinger of spring?


June Caedmon said...

Sweet little deer, I hope they stay out of your laurel! They'll be shedding their thick winter coats soon, the robin is definitely a sign of spring! Have a wonder-filled week!

Tom said...

lovely visitors to your salad bar

Lea said...
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Lea said...

Pretty Robin! And great deer photos!
There are two deer that come into our yard. I've not really paid attention to their tails. I'll look next time.
(They ate my pansies, and nibbled on the Azalea)

eileeninmd said...

Hello, pretty shots of the deer. The pretty Robins have been everywhere lately. Great post. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Enjoy and have a happy weekend!

Margaret Adamson said...

the Deer's tails are gorgeous. Have a good weekend.

Christine said...

lovely shots of the deer and, as you very clearly show, their tails are so different! Hope you laurel isn't damaged!
sweet robin too!

♥ Łucja-Maria ♥ said...

Marcia, wonderful animals.
I love them. Amazing photos.

Bonnie K said...

Great photos. We had a doe with crop ears. She was the worst mom and never watched her fawns.

Kay said...

I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for an early spring for you. I'm glad the deer did not eat up your laurel bush.

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