Central California Bird: Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)

Submitted from my archives for Bird Weekly

My husband suggested that the Killdeer mama who currently hangs out on our long rocky Elderwood driveway is the perfect Mother’s Day story.  Kildeer lay their eggs in such precarious places that we can’t believe that they are not extinct. However, Google insists that they are common.

This mama or dad, they look alike, has been sitting in 100 degree heat all day to cool these four future killdeer.  Her choice of nesting site is the reason we question the statistics on their abundance.  Those rocks are our driveway.

She/he did the Killdeer feigning dance for me until the cat came over to investigate.  I carted the cat safely away, and snapped these pictures one-handed as I left the poor stressed mother/father to get back to work sitting on the now-shaded eggs.

So congratulations on being our top demonstration of Mother’s Day dedication, Ms. Killdeer.

Sadly these eggs never grew into adult killdeer, but it wasn’t from Mama Killdeer’s lack of trying to protect them.

Author: Marsha

Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

11 thoughts on “Central California Bird: Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)”

          1. Adults showed up in our vacant acre all the time, so I know that some of them made it. 🙂 Who posted that adorable picture of the birds mourning their lost eggs? That’s an unforgettable picture.


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