We're expecting!

United States
April 5, 2016 7:29am CST
I didn't think I'd be sharing this news again, but you never know when it comes to nature..... For the past two years we had mom and dad Killdeer birds nesting in our front yard. Yes, they build their nest in dirt or even in gravel. They do not make nests up off the ground. A week ago my husband was mowing the front yard and there she was, mom Killdeer, warning him away from the nest. She doesn't like the noise of the tractor. He went out later when she was off the nest to discover 4 eggs. Yesterday he checked again and now there are 5 eggs. So I am proud to announce that we are expecting a family of 5 Killdeer babies. It should be about a month before they hatch and start 'running' around the yard. Mom doesn't feed the babies, they are off and running and searching for their own food from day one. Mom and dad very seldom leave them alone. They have their work cut out for them since the babies take off in all different directions at the same time. After watching them the last two years those little birds can cover our front yard in a very few minutes...they really move fast! So about a month from the the show will begin, until then we can't mow near the nest but that's OK. This won't be the end of it, she'll will lay more eggs. Last year I'm pretty sure she had three sets of babies over the summer. Photo is mine - that's 'my crazy bird' sitting on the nest.
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@miniam (9309)
• Bern, Switzerland
5 Apr 16
Hope you will try and keep them safe till they are strong enough to fend for themselves
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• United States
5 Apr 16
Mom and dad do that, we just watch and stay out of their way!
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@gudheart (12808)
5 Apr 16
@AbbyGreenhill Yep best mother nature do their thing.
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• United States
5 Apr 16
@gudheart She's doing it!
@Asylum (45972)
• Manchester, England
5 Apr 16
You claim that it is your front yard, but the birds appear to have a different view and you are now viewed as trespassers.
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• United States
5 Apr 16
Since we haven't quite lived here three years yet, I'm sure the birds were here before us so you are quite right.
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@Asylum (45972)
• Manchester, England
5 Apr 16
Bird sign
@AbbyGreenhill You will haver to erect a sign to warn others.
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• United States
5 Apr 16
@Asylum LOL, that's too funny!
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@LadyDuck (109152)
• Switzerland
5 Apr 16
I think I saw those birds but all the time near water. I hope that the eggs are in a safe place and you can see the babies soon. I am waiting to see our swallows to come back to the nest they built last year under our roof.
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• United States
5 Apr 16
The eggs are right under her on the ground. To my way of thinking they aren't safe, but I guess she protects them well enough.
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@LadyDuck (109152)
• Switzerland
5 Apr 16
@AbbyGreenhill I agree, this place do not look the best to keep the eggs safe, but Mom will fight to protect them.
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• United States
5 Apr 16
@LadyDuck She sure will...she can make my husband move pretty fast when he gets too close.
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@Jessicalynnt (48199)
• Centralia, Missouri
5 Apr 16
I rememember seeing these growing up, the babies looked like fuzzy pingpong balls with legs!
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• United States
5 Apr 16
Yes, they sure do...little fuzz balls that run fast!
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• Centralia, Missouri
5 Apr 16
@AbbyGreenhill they were so funny to watch
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@Morleyhunt (15003)
• Canada
6 Apr 16
My husband often puts stakes in the farm driveway to protect the killdeer nest. I think he worries more about the chicks then their own mama does.
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• United States
6 Apr 16
Mine put a stake with a little white flag at the top so he won't mow them over. I think it's nice they care! I'm glad we have a cement driveway - so that nest in the grass.
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@jahunt (1418)
• United States
6 Apr 16
Well, congratulations! I wish I still had my birdhouse. I love watching them!
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• United States
6 Apr 16
We have bluebirds nesting on the front porch. a wren family nesting above an outdoor light - this is birdland.
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@Elizaby (3260)
• Pensacola, Florida
6 Apr 16
So that area can only be mowed between nestings
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• United States
6 Apr 16
As soon as they start moving around after hatching then it can get mowed...and soon after that and they fly away she's start all over again.
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@jaboUK (48829)
• United Kingdom
5 Apr 16
I've not heard of that bird before. It will be interesting for you to watch their progress.
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• United States
6 Apr 16
They are so darn cute, I keep the binoculars close at hand.
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@PatZAnthony (11766)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
5 Apr 16
Nature is just so much fun, isn't it?
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• United States
6 Apr 16
Yes it is, I never thought I'd be so interested in birds.
• India
5 Apr 16
This is really so beautiful and u r so lucky to have birds in your garden!
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• United States
6 Apr 16
Yes, it's quite something to see.
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@LeaPea2417 (12719)
• Toccoa, Georgia
5 Apr 16
Oh, how sweet that is!
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• United States
5 Apr 16
She's a good mom.
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• United States
5 Apr 16
Must be very interesting seeing these birds hatch and run around. Never heard of Killdeer birds before
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• United States
5 Apr 16
I never thought I'd be such a 'bird watcher' but these guys fascinate me.
@Inlemay (17163)
• South Africa
5 Apr 16
that is so precious. You get to watch her all the time with the chicks. I have an Olive Thrush that has a baby every month or so and they are quite at home in my yard even with the two cats.
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@JohnRoberts (34034)
• Los Angeles, California
5 Apr 16
That's pretty cool to step out your door and observe nature at work so to speak.
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• United States
5 Apr 16
I have a photo from last year once baby was just a few feet from the front door and I took the photo from inside.
@Mike197602 (13350)
• Worcester, England
5 Apr 16
I'd never heard of this bird before so had to look it up. Couldn't imagine a bird so small killing deerbut apparently they're named after their call.
• United States
5 Apr 16
When I saw the bird the first time I didn't know what it was - I described it and someone told me Killdeer...I thought the same thing - it had something to do with deer. LOL, we all learn things here!
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@Mike197602 (13350)
• Worcester, England
5 Apr 16
@AbbyGreenhill That's certainly true
@Susan2015 (17606)
• United States
6 Apr 16
Oh my, I had no idea there was a bird that built their nest in the dirt!
• United States
6 Apr 16
This is the only bird that does it. They sure have a lot of confidence.
@sueznewz2 (8771)
• Alicante, Spain
5 Apr 16
I'm surprised they don't get knicked or eaten by other animals....
• United States
6 Apr 16
I know what you mean, and our deer do walk thru the front yard at night, we've seen the footprints..and there are several cats around.
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@DianneN (52971)
• United States
5 Apr 16
Our birds have laid eggs, too, but I hope the cold doesn't harm them.
• United States
5 Apr 16
I think the mom keep them warm enough.
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@fishtiger58 (28442)
• Momence, Illinois
7 Apr 16
I guess they can have that many babies each season as they don't have to feed them
@Tampa_girl7 (21028)
• United States
6 Apr 16
Well, congratulations on the new additions to your yard.