2015 Killdeer Chicks

Over two days the four killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) eggs in the scrape nest located on our driveway (Modoc County CA) hatched. I was surprised to see the early hatchlings wander about near the mother while she continued to incubate the remaining eggs. Of course, they were quick to return to the nest and her protective cover at the slightest indication of danger. Meanwhile the male (I assume) watched over his family, becoming quite aggressive when I approached. Once the four eggs hatched, the killdeer family left for the protective cover of the tall grass in our pastures. Leonard and I are happy the killdeer nest proved 100% successful this year.

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4 Responses to 2015 Killdeer Chicks

  1. Mike Powell says:

    Congratulations–this is great news!

  2. rockie96054 says:

    Great post. So glad the momma can now get out of the sun!!!

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