A great parenting example...

Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Camco Realty

Killdeer "broken-wing" actEach day lately, I enjoy watching a great example of self-sacrificing parenthood--- in my garden!



A couple of weeks ago, I discovered a pair of little birds who got very agitated whenever I headed over to my beans and pumpkin patch. One or the other of them would fly at me, land nearby and twitter away at me, then run off and start pretending to be a poor, broken-winged bird.

I'd never seen this before, but had read of it, and realized that some birds do this to try to lure dangerous predators away from their nests.


killdeer nest in Bosque Farms


I looked around, and sure enough, right there on the ground in a yet-unplanted section of garden was a little nest with four cute, mottled little eggs in it. In researching, I find that my brave little bird couple are apparently killdeer, so-called for their agitated sounds as they try to persuade me to come attack them instead of their eggs.





I've been gardening around it, yet still, whenever I get within ten yards or so of the nest (a necessity to weed and water my growing vegetables), the parent birds fly or run up at me, then race away, calling to me to follow, as the flutter into their "broken wing" dance, trying to persuade me what great prey they are!


killdeer pretending a broken wing








These little birds are ready and willing to sacrifice all for their little nest of eggs. Not a bad reminder for all of us who are parents about how much self-sacrifice is part of the job description...


By the way, these killdeer have the right idea about one thing-- Bosque Farms, NM is a great place to call home! For more information about homes in Bosque Farms, or Albuquerque area real estate in general, call or email me any time: (505)239-4796 or laura@laurawarden.com.


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Brian Brumpton
Keller Williams Boise - Boise, ID
Boise Idaho Real Estate

Laura, this a cool post.  It's really cool to be able to observe something like that first had.  Thanks for sharing. 

Jun 05, 2009 06:12 AM #1
Kim White LeBlanc
Keller Williams Las Vegas Realty - Las Vegas, NV

WOW that is really neat I enjoy the pictures it adds alot to the story.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Kim White

Jun 05, 2009 06:27 AM #2
Laura Warden Nordin
Century 21 Camco Realty - Albuquerque, NM
30-year Top Producer in Greater ABQ Real Estate

Thanks, Brian and Kim. I've really been enjoying seeing these little birds up close in my garden. If it weren't for their nest, I'm sure they'd never let me get within a few feet of them like that.

Jun 05, 2009 09:17 AM #3
Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
East Phoenix Arizona Homes

Nice photos -- thanks for the post -- we have not seen those birds here.

Jun 05, 2009 12:40 PM #4
Elizabeth Bolton
RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA - Cambridge, MA
Cambridge MA Realtor

Hi Laura ~ What fun! Such a treat to see the birds and eggs up close.


Jun 05, 2009 01:37 PM #5
Laura Warden Nordin
Century 21 Camco Realty - Albuquerque, NM
30-year Top Producer in Greater ABQ Real Estate

Thanks, Liz, Bob & Carolin.

I'd never seen them up close like this before either. They're listed in references as water birds, so I guess we get them here along the river valley because of the irrigation, like the cranes & egrets. I can only  get so close to them because they'rer trying to keep me away from the nest which they chose to put in the middle of my garden!


Jun 08, 2009 01:22 AM #6
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