Tuesday, April 19, 2011

road work

Mama killdeer picks the berm in the middle of our driveway as a nest site. Fortunately, it's on the lesser-used section of our drive, and an orange traffic cone serves to divert traffic around the nest. Fortunately, as well, killdeer young are precocial (opposite of altricial - this is a test) and will be gone as soon as they hatch.

The killdeer, in the plover family, is found throughout the western hemisphere. A beautiful, loud bird, mother killdeer are known for feigning injury, as below, to distract potential predators (even those with cameras) from the area of the nest.

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