Killdeer

I spent the past weekend in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada at a regatta.  It was a spectacular location, beautiful weather, and I’m sure there was much good birding to be had.  However, my priority was watching my daughter, a coxswain, win gold in a National Championship (!), so I resisted the temptation to wander about looking for birds.  As luck would have it (for me, not the bird), there was a Killdeer nesting only a few feet from our tent site.  As over a hundred teams were setting up on the site, this poor bird found herself in the middle of a busy parking lot.  Some kind souls roped off the nest so nobody would drive over it.  I wasn’t there the first day of the race, but people told me the mama was very stressed–coming off the nest and pretending to have a broken wing many times through the day.  By the second day, when I saw her, she seemed more resolved to the situation.  I only saw her come off the nest once of twice when someone walked a little too close for comfort.  She had four eggs.

 

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When we left the regatta on Sunday, she was still fine.  Here’s hoping her chosen nest site works out for her until all the babies safely leave the nest.

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6 Responses to Killdeer

  1. I’m so glad somebody tried to protect her. They choose the worst spots to lay their eggs, don’t they?

  2. Crooked Tracks says:

    Poor mama bird, I hope all the babies are OK after the invasion of the humans 🙂

  3. Kelli Bullock says:

    Wow Carol! I absolutely love this. It’s outstanding; writing and images! Thanks for the invite to your Blog… you are fantastic!!

  4. Thank you Kelli! So glad you stopped by.

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