Cutest Baby Deer
We saw 3 families of Killdeer. The first family had 2 chicks, the second (shown in photos) had 3 chicks, and the third had 1 chick. We watched the 2nd family as they were within feet of us. Two of the chicks behaved, staying together and listening to Mrs. Deer, the other was with Mr. Deer. This chick wouldn’t come over even when Mrs. Deer yelled at him. He came over after lots of yelling from Mrs. Deer but took a lot longer than he needed to. I wonder where these three nests were. We only found two.
Destoryed Killdeer Eggs
We went to see Mrs. Deer. We saw her flying and yelling in distress. She landed in a field and yelled some more. After about 5 minutes. She flew away, also yelling. We saw 2 destroyed eggs. There were 4 eggs so I’m not sure what happened to the other two. What do you think would do this?
Killdeer Deer Nest Failure!
We visited the Killdeer nest. We found destroyed eggs. The mother was in a nearby field yelling. Poor Mrs. Deer! What do you think has eaten the babies? Please see my post showing the destroyed eggs.
2 Killdeer nests
Today Mr. Deer was on the nest. (and he did everything wrong!) We went to the nest and he ran away! No yelling, no broken wing display, or anything. We came back and he was on the eggs, he got up and ran away then he ran towards me (isn’t he supposed to run away with a broken wing?) saying “dee dee dee deee”. I left and he went back to the eggs. Maybe Mrs. Deer should just sit on them. She doesn’t run away. We also found another nest with another Mrs. Deer on them. She did not get up so the number of eggs in unknown.
Killdeer nest with 4 eggs
Killdeer nest with 3 eggs
Finally found the Killdeer nest!
2022 Bird Nests part 1
2022 Bird Nests part 1.
Please correct me if I am wrong on any of these IDs.
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.
Mrs. Deer, the mother Killdeer watching her 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.
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.
Of a nest
Killdeer love my parents’ neighborhood in Inwood, WV, so there are always little babies running around in the Spring!
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.