Friday, May 05, 2006

Friday Ark: killdeer, our new mascots

i was laughing yesterday about the escort i received by a couple of killdeer. so we went out and looked for them after work.
can you spot the nest?
killdeer nest
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here's the nest up close and personal
killdeer eggs1

and of course, the birds put on another award winning "injured bird" performance to draw us away from the nest

i'll keep an eye on them, and will probably report on their progress as the month goes on. it takes around 4 weeks for the eggs to hatch. these are going to be some tired birds, because i walk the fenceline a couple of times a day to stretch out a little after sitting for hours.

edit:looks like the Friday Ark is up.


Blogger bhd said...

Tres cool! Thanks! I'll be watching for more photos.

We have killdeer down at the beach. I'll be watching for nest behavior there now.

5/5/06, 10:40 AM  
Blogger Ted said...

Great post. We have lots of Killdeer at our cemetery as we have a lot of gray and brown mixed gravel roads. Your pictures are right on. Those nests are really well done. You have to work very hard to find them. They build the nests right in the center of the road so they are safe from cars.

5/7/06, 3:25 PM  
Anonymous Spurwing Plover said...

Ive seen them on our local high school football field on the day after a game they feed on the insects that damage the feild

4/6/09, 11:04 PM  
Anonymous FlBird said...

The best acting award for acting to fool a predator gose to mr killdeer

4/24/09, 11:35 PM  
Anonymous Birdzilla said...

Theres no doubt about it KILLDEER are very usful birds becuase they eat destructive insects

5/19/09, 1:20 PM  
Anonymous Flu-Bird said...

Ive seen them flying overhead calling in the summer i guess this is how they mark their territory

12/30/09, 10:35 PM  
Anonymous Spurwing Plover said...

Saw one last 4th of JULY nesting on the roadside that bird refused to budge from its nest

3/20/11, 2:36 PM  

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