I know this is a Baby Oriole, because I saw his mother fly away when I opened the door to take this photo.
Along with two of my granddaughters, I recently learned a lot about Killdeer, when we found their eggs in our son’s driveway. This photo was our first look at the eggs. Eventually there were four Killdeer eggs in their driveway, with the girls’ wheelbarrow in front of them to prevent a car running over them (which I almost did before the wheelbarrow was placed in front of them).
We often saw both the mother and father Killdeer at the site of the “nest”. Often, when we approached the nest, the father Killdeer began excitedly limping around, flapping one wing. On line, we read that this is often done by the male Killdeer to distract predators from the eggs. The father sometimes sat on the eggs while the mother took a stroll. I loved that the father took an active part in the hatching. I just wish we could figure out a way that human father’s could take part in carrying the baby for nine months!
I missed the birth of the four little Killdeers. My granddaughters have described to me, in detail, the tiny, fuzzy balls with long legs, getting up and walking off behind their mother and father immediately after their birth. My son is so glad to have his driveway back, but we did have fun watching the antics of this cute couple.
I’m joining Susan at A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday.
I was one of the unfortunate bloggers who had a problem with Blogger this week, so I haven’t been able to post much. If the problems with Blogger stay away, I’ll have the linky up for Favorite Things Saturday on Friday evening. I would love to have you join us.