|Killdeer (Wikimedia Commons)|
Yesterday, Romie and I took a walk down to Poohsticks Bridge on an absolutely perfect spring day. Just before we got to the bridge, we walked over to see what the county had dumped in their recent attempt to build up an area notorious for flooding. You never know what you'll see there; mostly it's fill dirt, but there are also bricks, intact pieces of drainage tile, and large rocks.
Yesterday we found something we've never seen before and certainly didn't expect to see.
|Do you see it?|
There, right out in the open, on the stones, was a single killdeer egg. Though it's easily detected in the above photo, standing there looking at the stone pile, it was not. It was pretty well camouflaged and I'm not sure why I noticed it.
|Egg size is approximately 1.5 inches in length|
Killdeer commonly lay their eggs in open nests such as this and when a predator comes near, they begin acting as though they're injured so as to be a distraction.
As we stood there, looking at the egg, mama wasn't around. With there only being one egg instead of the usual four to six, we wondered if she hadn't abandoned it. We'll keep checking it in the coming days to see.
Killdeer Facts(from Cornell University)
- Latin name: Charadrius vociferus
- Size: 8-11 inches in length, similar to the American Robin
- The killdeer is an excellent swimmer.
- They scrape an area, lay their eggs, and then build the nest.
- The oldest known killdeer was 10 years 11 months old.
- Killdeer are ground foragers with a diet of insects.
- Northern killdeer spend winters in Mexico, while southern killdeer are year-round residents.