Monday, May 6, 2013

It's Happening

This afternoon the sun came out (briefly) and with that bit of encouragement, the baby killdeer started to hatch from the eggs on our driveway. So far, three baby killdeer have been born -- and are they ever cute, assuming you can find them. They blend in almost as well as their spotted eggs.

As soon as their feathers dry they will be up and scurrying about. Killdeer are precocial which means "ripened beforehand." Other precocial birds besides killdeer are chickens, ducks, and quail. None of these babies lies in the nest and gets waited on. Can't wait to see these little ones running alongside their mama.

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