Although I often find and observe killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) nests, the chicks always manage to hatch when I am not around or gone for the day. My friend, Rockie, has monitored a killdeer nest near the Lookout Post Office (Modoc County CA) since four eggs were laid over 22 days ago. Today the first two killdeer chicks arrived. I rushed over to Lookout as soon as Rockie called with the exciting news. Two eggs are yet to hatch.
One killdeer (I assume Mama) stayed at the nest and watched over her new offspring:
Meanwhile the mate (Papa?) spent the entire time I was taking pictures trying to distract me with a broken wing display (see “Broken-wing Display” 6-11-12).