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We’re Having a Baby!

KilldeerEggWith Mother’s Day coming and going last Sunday, it was a touching coincidence that Monday started with our family business preparing to grow a little bigger. A killdeer was screeching at everyone that walked up our front pathway. Dan (in billing) thought the bird was injured, so we went out to investigate. After Eric thinking it was in the sandpiper family and Mike sharing that it was most likely a killdeer, it was confirmed that one of our resident killdeers laid a single egg. Daddy was nearby shrieking and swooped by anyone that came close. If anyone walked by, Momma was screaming her head off like a kettle whistle. Poor thing! But it was quite funny to watch!KilldeerMom

After doing some research on birdwatching.com and wikipedia here are some “seeds” of facts we found on these sweeties. Their little egg looks similar to a stone. It’s smooth and creamy colored with black speckles. Killdeers are known to fake being hurt to lure people away from their nests. They aren’t aggressive and tend to lay their eggs in places you wouldn’t think are safe, such as the side of a road, or a small ground area in a parking lot. They lay their eggs right on the ground without any nesting material. The dad will sit on the eggs at night, with mom taking over in the day. They take about 25 days to hatch. Our little adopted feathered baby may just take flight right before Father’s Day!

KilldeerDadThey’ve calmed down around us over the week. We will keep an eye on the nest until then (bunch of softies that we are). If you happen to stop by, don’t be alarmed by our little family out front. They will most likely welcome you into our showroom with their screaming and carrying on. We wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

UPDATE 5/15/15: We now have two eggs!! Stay tuned folks!!

UPDATE 5/16/15: And then there were 3…

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5 thoughts on “We’re Having a Baby!

  1. Rita Melvin

    What a cute story. I love to watch birds these days too. I have a clear plastic birdfeeder attached to my kitchen window, and birds come up all the time to eat. I see so many beautiful birdsl.

    1. Chrissy Varela Post author

      They are so sweet! I’ve never had the privilege of being so up close to a new bird family about to grow. They’ve created quite a stir here and no one can resist checking them out as they walk by. Glad you enjoyed our story!

  2. Faye Greenwald

    We are too! She laid 2 eggs in a rock border we have, if the parents had not screeched and made such a racket I never would have known the nest was there, so camouflaged. I loved seeing the “broken wing” display!
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    Hope the picture comes thru for you.
    Faye G.

  3. Susan F.

    So happy to see these little ones and their parents are around thoughtful caring friends!
    Susan F

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