A Whimsical Pair of Killdeer


July 9, 2015

On my recent trip to Indiana, late  one afternoon, I pulled into  an empty parking lot to look at my map.  Immediately I was distracted by 2 killdeer that began running  all around my car in a seemingly frantic state.     Killdeer usually display a  “broken wing”  act to keep an  intruder away from their nest.  But the broken wing act never happened – they just kept  circling my car  and watching me.

As I pulled out my camera  and  started snapping photos,  one of the birds came and briefly say down under a very small  bush in the rocks:


I was amazed how quickly  the bird  became camouflaged with  the scenery.


While the second killdeer is still circling me, the first bird got back up off the rocks to, again,  join the pacing.


That’s when I finally saw what all of the commotion was about:


I happened to have parked right beside their nest of  4  speckled eggs.

Not the most comfortable  place for a nest, nor  private , as I imagine  this parking lot is busy during the day. But curiously I Googled ” Killdeer”  and discovered  this  location choice is somewhat typical of these birds and  they  seem to tolerate the busy locations and the humans in them as well.     I also learned  their  babies  take twice as long to hatch, but are born with feathers and their eyes open and can run about almost immediately.

For more interesting information  on killdeer and darling photos of baby killdeer :


Thanks for reading!


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. judy Ludwig
    Aug 02, 2015 @ 16:09:56

    I have never heard of such a bird. Do they kill deer? Hence the name? Not! Very cool!



  2. Amy Weisser
    Aug 02, 2015 @ 12:43:34

    I’d heard of the birds who use the broken wing trick, didn’t know they were killdeers. You certainly have some interesting adventures, Jeannie!



  3. Maureen Mahach
    Aug 02, 2015 @ 10:33:51

    What a wonderful article you have written! When I worked at Charter, there was a killdeer who laid eggs among the rocks near the pond. I had never seen a bird like that before and have loved them ever since. You should submit this to one of the nature magazines. M.




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