Friday, June 8, 2007

Baby Killdeer

It was a beautiful morning. It started out cool and then was just lovely, hardly any breeze, and no humidity. A welcome change after two hot and very windy days.

I was driving slowly on a gravel road at Branched Oak Lake when I spotted a Killdeer. Nothing particularly startling about that as they are fairly common, especially in that little area. I noticed the Killdeer acting rather strangely, doing the diversionary stuff they do. So I stopped the car to see why. Lo and behold there were four babies, plus two adults. The little ones were really blending into the background, and I doubt I would have noticed them but for the mother or father bringing my attention to them. One of the adults:

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One of the babies:

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And then there was this Song Sparrow singing his heart out.

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Sat and watched him singing for quite awhile. When they sing they throw their whole body into it, all the way to a wiggling tail!

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