|Momma Killdeer keeping a watchful eye on the nest.|
|Four Killdeer eggs hidden in plain sight.|
|Two black breast bands and a red eye ring distinguish adult Killdeer from other plovers.|
|After a short mad dash, our little Killdeer pauses to look around.|
|I can never resist that beautiful red eye ring!|
Killdeer chicks are precocial, which means when they hatch their eyes are open, and they are ready for business! Unlike robins, cardinals, sparrows, and other common songbirds that hatch blind, featherless, and unable to feed themselves (altricial), Killdeer chicks hatch with fluffy feathers, and they are up, moving, and ready to eat on their own as soon as their feathers dry. Precocial birds stay in the egg twice as long as altricial songbirds, which usually hatch in about two weeks. Our little Killdeer hatchlings won't make an appearance until they have incubated for about 25 days. Until then, the orange cones will stay on the north green...
|Stay away lawnmower man (as well as raccoons, opossums, skunks, foxes, squirrels, and even mice...all predators of the ground nesting Killdeer).|