I LOVE killdeer!!
These are the funniest little birds.
They show up at our house in the spring. .
With their funny long legs. .
their distinct coloring. .
and their promise that a change of season is on the way!!
Devin and Cami were taking a cruise in the golf cart about 3 weeks ago or so. .
and SAW these little eggs on the ground. .
When they were telling me about them, I knew IMMEDIATELY what they were talking about!
After some research, I learned that killdeer eggs take 21-28 days to hatch.
Every morning that I walked. .
I played a game of cat and mouse with the parents of the eggs.
I walk right by the little nest lined with tiny stones. .
And about 20 feet from that, the parent would run out of the tall grass. .
and start and stop the rest of the 50 yards to the highway where I turned.
I had always heard about the antic that they are famous for. .
but had never seen it myself. .
Killdeer will feign a broken wing. .
to get the attention of anyone that has gotten too close to their nest. .
And "lure" you with their flapping and spastic movements. .
And sometimes their squawking.
This mama did the whole flapping the wing thing. .
But as I proceeded to move one step closer to see those little eggs. .
She hollered at me. .
And I gave it up so as not to stress her out.
When the kids and I got back from my mom's last Sunday. .
I wandered out to the nest (I had been checking it every day, since I knew the hatching would take place soon). .
And here is what I found. .
Four perfect looking, sleepy little killdeer.
They were still there Monday morning when I walked. .
But they have all gone since then. I imagine they are still around here. .
What an AWESOME thing to watch!
We were going to have baby blue birds too. .
This daddy was getting ready to feed the female, whom I saw when I put my eye up to the hole!!
The sparrows started hanging out around the nest though. .
And I am not sure that they didn't get in and ruin the eggs.
The bluebirds are still here. .
But they aren't around that nest box anymore. .
The only other bird excitement. .
Is watching these girls and boys wander around through the yard.
Devin's chicken flock. .
continues to spend their days hunting bugs. .
and laying eggs!!
Not sure that he will be able to show any of the hens at the fair. .
Most of them have a feather issue on their backs. .
that apparently is not some "chicken thing" like I thought. .
but rather a ROOSTER induced thing!!
I understand the birds and the bees quite well in the human world. .
But am still figuring out the BIRD world!
Oh well. .
Live and learn, right??
Have a GREAT 4th of July weekend!!