|This is a mama or papa killdeer. When a predator (like me) gets near their nest (which is on the ground), they pretend to be hurt to draw attention away from it.|
|Oh, look-there's the first baby! (Still camouflaged!) (Notice how cute and fuzzy it is? Killdeer babies are precocial-which means they are relatively mature and can run around and forage soon after hatching-like chicks and ducklings. There's your bird lesson for the day!)|
|Two, almost three.|
|Look at that sweet face! (By this time, the other three had already taken off.)|
|The last egg never hatched.|
This is the first time I've ever seen killdeer near my home. I'm so happy I got witness the hatching of these fascinating birds!