Saturday, April 11, 2009

Protecting the "Easter Eggs"

Here comes Peter Cotton Tail.... and ten thousand other kids. 

This Killdeer had made her nest under the tree at the local church.  Unfortunately, it was in the field where the kids were going Easter Egg hunting.  When they started to line up at the field's edge about 50 feet from her, you could see her getting nervous.  Her and her partner scurried around.  When the noise got real loud, he flew off, leaving her to guard the nest and the brood of real Easter eggs.

She was using all the screaming and puffing up defense she knew.   Finally some adults encircled her and she was able to make it through when the dam of kids broke.

--steve buser

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