The Killdeer eggs have hatched!

The Killdeer eggs have hatched! Before we only saw the mother but today we saw both the mother and father. All four eggs hatched. The photos aren’t that good because they were running around. There was a black snake in the water so I hope it doesn’t get the babies! They are still a bit wobbly.

Bird at the park.

Birds at the park. We saw Cattle Egrets, a Great Blue Heron, Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks, domestic Muscovies, a Great Egret, a Common Night Hawk, Purple Martins, Black and Turkey Vultures, a Cara Cara, and more!

Mrs. Deer’s Nest

Mrs. Deer is sitting on her eggs. She’s becoming more friendly and doesn’t do her broken wing display anymore.

Guarding my nest

A better view of the eggs. Four Killdeer eggs are being guarded by Mrs. Deer. 🥚

Don’t mess with my eggs!

Mrs. Deer guarding her nest of four eggs.

Cozy Killdeer Eggs

Four Killdeer eggs in a nest.

Please leave my nest.

Mother Killdeer doing broken wing display.

Killdeer chick splashing in water.

Baby Killdeer running through water.

Killdeer Mother

Mrs. Deer, the mother Killdeer watching her nest.

Killdeer Nest

Killdeer Nest

Change of Shift

Amazingly, these Killdeer nested on a derelict foundation in the middle of a construction site. In spite of the noise and busyness, they courageously stayed on the nest until all four eggs had hatched. Not long after, the foundation, too, was destroyed as the planned ‘development’ progressed.

Killdeer eggs

I was walking down my street and my dog flushed the adult from the nest, that’s when I noticed the eggs.

Gravel nest mom

She is gaurding her eggs.

Gravel nest

Of a nest

Little Killdeer

Killdeer love my parents’ neighborhood in Inwood, WV, so there are always little babies running around in the Spring!

Killdeer Nest

Killdeer nest with 4 eggs. No rocks or pebbles used in nest.

Plant lined killdeer nest

I came upon this killdeer nest on a sandy beach at a sand pit made into a recreation area. I have never seen a killdeer nest on sand (only pebbles before) and have never seen one lined with plant material. Must have been an extra creative mama.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Cornell Lab of Ornithology