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Tania Tucker

Riley, Oregon, USA


I have been watching this Killdeer bird and her nest for a little over a week now. According to all the articles I have read this species is monogamous and both parent birds take part in the nest protection and incubation process. Sadly this Killdeer seems to be a single parent and often has to leave the nest alone in search of food. Last night she was gone the whole night. I am hoping her eggs did no freeze as we are still having some nights that drop to freezing temps ; until June arrives. I will keep on the lookout for the mother and keep monitoring the nest. I have yest to find a specific answer on how long the Killdeer eggs can be viable without incubation and freezing temps.


Killdeer Mama A Single Parent

Female Killdeer Bird May 2020

2 responses to “Killdeer mama a single parent”

  1. Carla Thomas says:

    Since she stayed away all night, I suspect a predator killed the killdeer mother.

  2. Texas Bird Family says:

    We watched a Killdeer nest last month, and it was only the mother incubating the eggs, The father showed up after the eggs hatched.

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