We have a few new little neighbors at Artitudes these days! A bird nest with a mama killdeer and her baby eggs have set up their home near the office.
In case you don’t know about Killdeer birds, here’s a little information:
They “have a brown back and wings, a white belly, and a white breast with two black bands. The rump is tawny orange. The face and cap are brown with a white forehead. The eyering is orange-red.” So far the eggs here haven’t hatched in the nest by our office, but Wikipedia says that baby killdeer chicks “are precocial — able to move around immediately after hatching.” We’ll keep you up to date when they hatch! It also says that killdeer use “a ‘broken wing act’ to distract predators from the nest [and are] named onomatopoeically after its call.”
This poor mama killdeer didn’t pick a very good place for her nest, as it’s a place where people frequently walk by! To help her out, we put up a sign that says, “Watch your step and please steer clear! We have a little nest of baby Killdeer!”
Click this link to see a video of the killdeer nest by our office: Killdeer Mama