New Arrival


Brand spanking new with crusty beak and all. A little Killdeer partially hidden in some bushes next to a ditch along the side of a quiet dirt road. Why do Killdeer seem to nest so close to roads?

Arapahoe National Wildlife Refuge in Walden. CO.

37 thoughts on “New Arrival

    1. Thanks, that crusty nose somehow reminds me of the link to dinosaurs. Crazy to think of the link between such a cute little bird and a big ol’ reptile. Hope your day is going well.

    1. Hi Jim, It seem alike parking lots are getting lots of Killdeer action based up your and other comments. I have yet to see that but last week I saw Killdeers nesting along the light rail tracks here in Denver.

        1. Hi Jim, I got a glimpse of their eggs in a roadside nest once and they looked identical to the rock and gravel. the nest was only a small depression in the dirt. It is amazing how they not only survive but seem to thrive.

    1. Hi Sherry, we seem to be building consensus here on the fact that Killdeers are not picky in choosing scenic nesting areas. Thanks for the feedback as we really appreciate it.

    1. Hi and thanks. I would have to agree the birds came before the darn parking lots but for some reason those parking lots are breeding and multiplying like rabbits these days. Hope your week is off to a great start.

    1. Hi, yes it is that time of year we are blessed with new arrivals. What little birds have you been seeing? When I ride my bike to work the bike path is filled with stream sod geese families.

        1. That’s quite a list. I don’t think the morning Doves have had their young yet but sometimes they nest in a tree outside our front door and we get to see the babies being fed.

  1. What a cutie. Since it is only fairly recently that there ever WERE roads, I expect that the strategy of camouflage on the rocky surfaces was a benefit. It would be interesting to see how their breeding success has been impacted by roads.

    1. Hi Eliza, I think they probably like the disturbed terrain created by roads and the type of new growth along the side of the road. It would be interesting to see study on how their choice of nesting areas effects their population. I know we almost ran over a nest with eggs a few years back as it was so close to the side of a road.

    1. Hi Jane, yes that game of the Killdeer is so fun to watch. In the posted photo the parents were doing that trying to lead us down the road away from the hatchlings.

    1. Hi and thanks for the nice feedback. We appreciate the support and kind words on the blog. Yes, it seems early to me too but it is June already and that whizz of time seems to be getting wizzier everyday.

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