Today, my son and I took a shortcut through our local cemetery, enroute to the Elementary School playground. As we walked past a small cleared dirt lot, I noticed something scurrying in and out of the small patches of grass and buttercups. It was a Killdeer...
"Oh please. Tell me they're not stopping..."
"Gahh....they are! They're stopping!"
"Hmm, they're getting a little too close..and that lady looks crah-zee..."
"Time for me to distract them away from my nest..."
"Ow ow ow....my wing! My wing! Ow...."
"I seemed to have tripped over one of these....umm....blades of grass. Yeah, that's the ticket..."
"Hmm, they buying this?..."
Suddenly, she got up and scurried over to the paved pathway. We followed.
"Hey, Pssst...over here! The playground is THIS way, people!"
Killdeer nest on open ground, often on gravel. They may use a slight depression in the gravel to hold the eggs, but they do not line it at all. Since there is no structure to stand out from its surroundings, a Killdeer nest blends marvelously into the background. The speckled eggs themselves look like stones.
The "Broken Wing Act" is done in an effort to lead predators away from the nest.
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