Daniel Dowell must be a really safe driver because a Killdeer mother put a lot of confidence in him to not back over her bird nest in his driveway. Dan, who lives off Logsden Road east of Siletz says, “A pair of Killdeer made a nest in our driveway. They are very interesting birds to watch. The female is doing all the antics that they are known for. Attracting attention away from the nest, she makes shrill chirps, fans out her tail feathers and feigns a broken wing. It’s quite a show. We’re trying to leave them alone as much as possible. My wife and I feel very lucky to be able to witness this up close.”
Checking Wikipedia we learned that Killdeer range all over North America and that they winter generally in Central America, although they also hang out in southern states. Since Killdeer make their nests on the ground, their no-doubt adaptive egg design looks like a typical rock or stone from the perspective of other birds, especially ever-hungry eagles, hawks and crows. And judging from the looks of Dan’s driveway, the mama bird picked a really good camouflaged backdrop for her nest. Another adaptive aspect is that once Killdeer chicks kick their way out of their eggshells, they’re immediately up and around feeding and foraging; not sitting in one spot being an easy meal for predators!
Thanks for the teachable moment Dan! Now, just be careful how you back out of your driveway on your way to the Logsden Store!