We have a new neighbor — a pair of house finches who have taken up residence in our patio heater, displacing or replacing, a wren who had spent several season nesting there. Mr. H. Finch takes a moment away from homemaking to rest on the deck railing.
It’s that time of year again. The sound of “chip, chip, chip,” followed a series of thunks and talon scratchings against the front door and the bedroom windows. Claudia Cardinal(e) is back defending her territory to the south and the Mr. Indigo Bunting is doing the same on the north side of the house.
Robin takes part in an annual renewal of the species. Our second entry from this week’s challenge.
- STONE CRABS! YESSSS! http://janeluriephotography.wordpress.com/2012/11/11/weekly-photo-challenge-renewal/
- Alaska: http://speakingabouttravel2.wordpress.com/2012/11/10/weekly-photo-challenge-renewal/
- Variety pack: http://brittenasplund.wordpress.com/2012/11/11/weekly-photo-challenge-renewal/
- Milkweed: http://lensandpensbysally.wordpress.com/2012/11/09/wordpress-weekly-photo-challenge-renewal/
- Young mushrooms: http://bopaula.wordpress.com/2012/11/09/weekly-photo-challenge-renewal/
Killdeers are common on campus at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock and by nature are ground nesters. The local populations seem to be partial to nesting in what seem to be the most vulnerable places. This one chose to nest in mulch next to a parking lot curb.
However, don’t under estimate the fierceness of mama birds. They can quickly become mama grizzlies if you get too close. This killdeer mother was not afraid to protect her brood of three from the Friday Ride Day group that met just feet away.
This killdeer laid a clutch of green eggs in the mulch under a tree growing on the side of a parking lot. She executes an elaborate dance to draw away any one or anything that might bring harm to her brood.