When a white tailed deer amazed an ornithologist


Photos: Bruce Bheeler

White tailed deer

Bruce Bheeler, a prominent ornithologist, had spent a few days in the Adirondacks Mountains area of North America enjoying snowy tracks. It is an enthralling landscape dominated by conifers. The possibilities for birding is an added attraction.

“I was amazed by a white tailed deer in the wild,” Bheeler said after the visit. White tailed deer is the most widespread and common deer in the wild. It sometimes grazes in people's yards.

Black capped chichadee
Black capped chichadee

Bruce Bheeler, who works with the globally renowned Smithsonian Institution as an ornithologist, is the author of a celebrated work on the birds in Papua New Guinea. The Pacific Ocean island has dazzling birds that had astonished even Charles Darwin and many succeeding naturalists.

Pileated woodpecker
Pileated woodpecker

Bheeler said that a white tailed deer approached him twice when he made squeaking sounds. The deer licked his proffered fingers. He then patted it on the head. It was an unusual experience in wild for him.

Bheeler has been writing blogs that opens up for the readers many a facets of nature. He was able to watch some of the beautiful birds like chickadee that flock and hunt for winter food. He said they greeted him in a lovely and friendly manner.

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