Monday, April 26, 2010

Nesting in the garden

A killdeer (bird) has created a nest in the middle of our green onion patch. While the children are excited to see the beautiful eggs up close, the mama bird gets quite vocal when we come near! She flaps her wings and acts injured to draw us away from the nest.

We have since learned about this bird, which likes to nest in open prairie ground. They usually lay four eggs, and our nest does have four. It takes almost a month for the eggs to hatch. The mother & father killdeer take turns sitting on the nest. The adult birds like to eat beetles, snails, caterpillars, & fly larvae.

In the bluebird boxes, we have eggs...
Aren't they gorgeous!!!
see below...