I'm on my way to bed in about ten minutes. The day is over and I survived.
But look who I saw this morning! A lovely killdeer.
They are so named because that's what their call sounds like, sometimes repeated like "kill-deer, eer, eer" or "kill-dee."
They nest on the ground, and the babies run around as soon as they are hatched. I hope some day I can get a picture of a line of babies with mom. They look like a group in formal wear on the way to a party.
I don't know if this one had a nest, but she was acting sort of like she might. They just make a shallow depression in the dirt and lay eggs that look pretty much like stones. They hatch in just a few days.
|Can you find the eggs? Here's a nest I pictured in 1993. You can roll your mouse over the picture for some help.|
I love this one! 'Scuse me while I shake my tail!
OK, I'm seriously going to bed. Only two more days of paper route.
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