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A Discovery

June 18, 2009

Mama

We were working on the lawn the other evening, when the kids noticed a crazy little bird out near the end of the driveway. It kept running toward them, tweeting loudly, turning and spreading its wings and tail feathers while running the other direction, all the while setting up as big a racket as it could. Very dramatic.

Danger

It didn’t take long for the detectives of the house to figure out why.

Discovery

Eggs

At first, I thought the bird was not very intelligent–I mean, who lays eggs in a driveway? Trees seem like a much safer bet to me. But, in the interest of presenting factual information here, I Googled it, and it turns out Killdeer generally DO lay their eggs on the ground. Go figure! Regardless, we had a fun time watching that funny mama bird try to lead us away from her little nest, she was quite the entertainer.

As I write this, I realize I’m on a learn-random-information-about-animals kick lately…last week I Googled  ‘how long does it take for a cat to digest a mouse’  after watching our cat swallow a mouse in less than thirty seconds. Very interesting. I heart Google.

ta-ta-for-now,
Audrey

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Cammi permalink
    June 18, 2009 10:50 am

    We discovered the killdeer this year too! They are so funny. The babies are really cute when they hatch, so keep an eye out. They look like fuzzy little baby chicks with long legs. Are there two adults? Usually there will be a mom and a dad, and the dad seems to be the one to lead you away with the broken wing trick, but they will both do it. How fun!

  2. Katy permalink
    June 18, 2009 4:12 pm

    We had a nest of eggs in the way way back yard too! I haven’t seen any babies yet.

  3. Tiniel W permalink
    June 19, 2009 9:56 am

    haven’t seen any killdeer this year, but last year we had several eggs by our garden… smart little bargers.

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