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cherisse
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# Posted: 5 Jul 2009 17:24


A few weeks ago I noticed that there was a pair of ground birds hanging around my house quite frequently..

I thought they were sandpiper's, but When looking up info on Idaho native birds, I found they were actually KillDeers.

anyway, as I was doing my weekly gardening/mowing/edging, i kept noticing that they were trying to lure me away from a particular spot in the yard.

When I went over to that spot by my Maple trees, this is what i found on the ground:


A nest with three eggs. It took a minute to catch my eye, because they looked somewhat like the surrounding rocks.



They are at the far end of the trees..

I couldnt manage to get a picture of the mother, but here is one that i borrowed from the net (not my pic):




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froggz37
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# Posted: 5 Jul 2009 18:19


Aww congrats!

When they hatch, they will be just as hard to see. From what I know the babies are further developed than other tree nesting birds. They aren't hatched naked like say a robin does, but more fully downed like a chicken or duckling.

Great find, keep us updated

cherisse
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# Posted: 5 Jul 2009 18:32


thanks,

I thought for sure the parents would be scared away last night due to all of the fireworks going off.. but they were back at about 6am this morning..

I have been keeping my cats in my backyard so that they dont see the parents or the babies when they hatch..

they didnt pick the greatest spot to put their nest...lol


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# Posted: 5 Jul 2009 21:41


We have those all over here, they are very noisy birds, even throughout the night.

Yes, not a great spot, typically they'll nest in a taller grassy area. They are so unique in that they stay as a team raising them (even after they're born) and they will seperate and draw a predator (or person lol) by letting you think its wing is broken, flailing about. They work really hard taking care of the eggs and babies.

What you could do it possibly put some plant pots (preferrably grassy or full) around the area so they feel more guarded. Once they hatch, which typically one hatches first, then the others follow and they come out running. It is so funny how they are like a little powderpuff on toothpicks!

So you will have to curb the kitties for quite a while, they'll be feeding in your yard for a while (so curb the pesticides if you can), unless they've figured out that it wasn't a great spot and move on. I had to scoot them out of the way so that we could get our lawn mowed, I was so afraid they'd get mowed over by my nephew on the rider I was out there the whole time to supervise.


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cherisse
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# Posted: 5 Jul 2009 22:01


Thanks, Bridget, for the info!

I had thought about getting some bigger terra cotta pots with some cat tails or taller grass and place them in a semi-circle where the nest is, guess that's what I will do then.

I live just far enough from the farm fields, that I dont usually have a problem with raccoons/snakes/foxes, so that is one thing I most likely won't have to be looking for.

I also do not use any chemical sprays or fertilizers (as you can see from the dead grass spots in my front yard, lol) so It shouldn't pose a problem for the group when foraging for bugs..

My cats are not very happy... they can see the birds from my kitchen windows, and chatter at them constantly.. lol




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Amphibians
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# Posted: 5 Jul 2009 22:15


they didnt pick the greatest spot to put their nest...lol


It seems that ALL birds pick the worst spot to nest for humans. haha


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# Posted: 6 Jul 2009 03:36


I missed these birds while living in Maine. I use to do a bit of night hiking in Ohio and they will spook the crap out of you if you disturb them in the dark! Then you walk around all carefull trying not to crush the nest.
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Carlton
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# Posted: 6 Jul 2009 18:28


Actually, they picked a spot where their nest and eggs would be well camoflaged. It just wasn't convenient for YOU. Don't put anything around the nest. If you change the "view" the adult birds have of the area around the nest they might abandon it. They prefer a site where they can see any predators coming so they can start their distraction displays farther away from the nest itself. Killdeer are a type of shorebird like sandpipers and often nest on very exposed gravel bars and beaches.


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Coda
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# Posted: 6 Jul 2009 18:56


I had a killdeer at my school that laid eggs in the field


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k412
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# Posted: 7 Jul 2009 01:01


They are one of my favorites!
I love the "show" they put on, flailing and flipping with their wing out to fake you away from the nest, so comical.
Nice pictures.


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cherisse
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# Posted: 7 Jul 2009 02:27 · Edited by: cherisse


Yeah, if it weren't for the fact that i have cats, it wouldnt matter.

I could go a while without mowing my lawn, but my cats cant go very long without being let outside for some exercise. LOL

It will be interesting to see the little one's roaming my yard, if they make it to that stage..

I will be sure to get some pictures of them when the start moving around.




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Actually, they picked a spot where their nest and eggs would be well camoflaged. It just wasn't convenient for YOU.


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