Last weekend the Cooker, Stitch, and an interested party took the horses down to our arena to refine some of their skills with the horses. Everything was going well until a noisy Killdeer decided everyone was too close to her nest. When she made her nest she didn't realize that the arena was subject to rural renewal and that it was a multi-use area. She was not pleased. We put orange traffic cones around her little area so the horses and riders would not interfere with her motherly duties. She is part of the wild 99% who are struggling to keep their homes and their way of life from extinction. This is her defending her nest, which is just a hollowed out spot in the sand. Note the eggs to her right. (click on the pic for enlargement)
Brave adorable little thing. Up against so much.ReplyDelete
And that tree? Knocks me out...
She's like any other mama when her kids are threatened!!!ReplyDelete
Love the tree!!!!
We'll do anything to protect our children. What a beautiful creature.ReplyDelete
It looks like the killdeer is doing a "broken wing" display to lure intruders away from her eggs. Poor thing!ReplyDelete
Last year, a killdeer laid eggs in the middle of a community garden I frequent. Whenever anyone would come near, mama killdeer would perform the "broken wing" display. She must have been so stressed with all those humans nearby.
Wait until the babies hatch. Baby killdeer are adorable.
What a beautiful area you live in. Thanks for the pictures, I had never seen a killdeer before. Poor thing, I can only imagine how frightened she is for her eggs.ReplyDelete
How sweet that you guys coned her off! I have a good feeling about her eggs making it this year.ReplyDelete
Its beautiful ,It is wonderful that you respect the privacy of this beautiful bird, you have a great blogReplyDelete
The Killdeer strategy is to hide in plain sight. I had one in my driveway once that I just flat had to move. Amazingly, she didn't abandon the eggs and moved with them.ReplyDelete
I am glad you marked her nest to avoid horses trampling it into the dirt. Hope the foxes don't get her.ReplyDelete
A brave mother....where does the name Killdeer come from...suits her fearless nature.ReplyDelete
I do miss the big trees!
Sorry that I missed this until now. I like the killdeer, even the cry. I wonder how your horses handled seeing the cones as they went by. No shying from it? Hope you had a good weekend down in the big bad city!ReplyDelete
I have found one surviving chick so far and the parents do the broken wing thing to keep me away. The horses pretty much ignore everything in the arena. In fact Rune's nickname was "Cone Crusher".ReplyDelete
Welcome Daoud Ahmad! Thanks for stopping by. I will spend more time at your blog soon!ReplyDelete