Tuesday, June 9, 2015


Last Saturday, Erika and I returned to the parking lot of a plant nursery in Carver County, Minnesota, where we discovered a Killdeer nest. To our amazement, three fledgling Killdeer, in the company of their parents, scurried about the very same location as the nest, now a month later. If one were to band such chicks, they would take the same size band as an adult!

Young leave their nest almost as soon as they hatch. Killdeer do not feed their young, which are immediately independent. Adults lead the hatchlings to feeding areas. The young stay in the vicinity of their parents until the young are able to fly—usually within a month or as soon as 20 days from hatching or as long as 40 to 80 days (Jackson and Jackson 2000).

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