The next day I was a bit surprised to find it still there, still hurt.
It wobbled off into he road and that is when I noticed another one that had started chirping quite shrilly.
When I got closer, it flew off and we discovered this under it. Two little eggs in a pebble nest.
I posted some pictures on my Facebook page asking what kind of crazy little bird it was that nested in my yard so close to the road and was told it is a Killdeer. I was very disappointed to not find either bird on the nest all night.
The next morning there were still no birds to be found, but there was another addition to the nest.
Later in the day, I saw both of the birds by the road so of course I went to investigate. I was able to get a couple of close up shots. I actually got quite close. After a few minutes she must have realized I wasn't a threat because she quit chirping as much and was no longer ruffled and acting hurt.
On day four I went to check on them and was greeted with a lot of chirping.
And, a fourth egg.
Where was the other bird in all of this? Hanging out on the driveway.
Because the girls are so interested in the birds and the eggs, we are watching from a distance. After some internet research I found out that the first eggs layed were in stasis until they felt the warmth of the birds sitting on them. It is a mechanism that allows all of the eggs to develop at the same time.
Since the discovery of the fourth egg the birds have been taking turns sitting on them. The eggs are supposed to hatch within three to four weeks after the birds start sitting on them so we are waiting patiently. We have also put up a few flags in a circle around them to prevent walkers and ATV riders from disturbing them.
Oh, but did I mention the rain? The second day the birds were sitting on the nest we had some really bad weather roll in. I'm talking hide in the closet bad. When I went to pick the Princess up at school it was really dark. We ran to Walmart and then straight home, twenty minutes tops. As soon as we arrived home the school was sending out an alert that we were under a tornado warning and the buses were recalled to the schools with the kids still on them for safety. Shortly after a funnel cloud passed directly over one of the schools, but luckily did not touch down. That storm was followed by more severe weather and flash flooding. The little birds stayed on the nest the entire time. Since my yard is mostly flooded I can't get close enough to take good pictures or see if all the eggs made it.
I will post more on our little bird family as it progresses.
Part 2 is here and Part 3 is here.
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