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Killdeer Nesting

5-7-13 killdeer by Sadie IMG_7096_croppedThis is the time of year when it pays to watch where you walk – there are a number of ground nesting birds, some of which, including killdeer, may choose your lawn or even your garden to build their simple “scrape” nest. Typically killdeer nest on the shoulders of roads, gravel roof tops, fields and gravel parking lots. The nest is very primitive, and there’s actually very little to it — killdeer scrape a slight depression in the ground, to which they often add bits of material, including white objects such as shells and bones. Their pigmented eggs are extremely well camouflaged. The young precocial killdeer chicks are on their feet and feeding themselves as soon as their down feathers dry. (Photo by Sadie Richards)

3 responses

  1. What gorgeous eggs!

    May 7, 2013 at 4:15 pm

  2. Cordelia Merritt

    Hi Mary, If Sadie Richards was Sadie Holland, I’d say she’s inherited your good eye. A lovely picture! And it reminds me of the first time I ever had a nest pointed out to me – seconds before i would have tromped on it right in the middle of the pasture path we were walking on. Observant? Yeesh! Cheers Cordie

    May 7, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    • Hi Cordie, Do you know that Sadie really IS my daughter??? 🙂 And yes, her eye is better than her mother’s!!!

      May 8, 2013 at 12:06 am

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