For the past several weeks, we have been watching a pair of Killdeer and their nest with 4 eggs. The speckled eggs matched the stones on the ground almost exactly. The nest is hard to spot, even when you know where to look.
Brent placed a flag out near the nest and we have warned visitors to stay clear of the area.
The parents make such a commotion when anyone gets near the nest. They flop on the ground and squeak, acting like they are wounded in an attempt to draw the predator (in this case – me) toward them and away from the nest.
Today, after opening the outside buildings for visitors, Brent announced that the babies had hatched, so I ran out to snap a picture.
The little birds lay perfectly still in the nest. They never moved or made a sound while their parents made a racket, trying to draw me away. I quickly left them alone.