Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Nest Watch 2

Sort of like looking for a four leaf clover...

...somewhere in there is a bird nest.  Do you see it?  I almost didn't either.  In fact, if the mother hadn't flown up as Kate and I walked towards it, I might have stepped on it :-o.

Now do you see it?

There were three eggs and one just hatched baby in the nest when I found it in the morning.  By the time I got back out there to mark the nest, there were three hatched and just one egg left.  Last night there were no eggs, but the babies were all piled on top of each other and I didn't want to disturb them so I'm assuming there are now four babies.  I'll check back in a few days.

The only ground nesting bird I was familiar with was a Kildeer.  It didn't seem like a likely spot for a Kildeer though.  I usually find them in a rocky spot and they yell at me while flying away. This momma just quickly and quietly disappeared.

I came in and looked up nesting birds in Kentucky and didn't see anything that was a positive match. One nice site, The Birder's Report, offered to ID a nest, so I sent a picture and description of the location and quickly received a response back.  It's an Eastern Meadowlark!  One of my favorite birds to see around here.

I didn't realize they were ground nesters.  We leave as much "wild" area along our fence lines, creeks and ponds as we can Saint Tim will tolerate.  This nest is in the mowed area next to the "safe" area I'm guessing because the "wild" areas are too weedy.  I'm not sure what to do about that.  In the meantime, I've got this nest flagged and will be watching the ground for other nests.

Kate and Tilly never pass up a chance for a Unit ride, even if it involves boring sitting and watching me clean up fence lines.  The fence painters are coming.  We've been working our butts off trying to get ready.  That's the downside to letting things "go wild".  

Much of the perimeter fences are going to stay wild and covered up (you can see that in the background), but the interior field fences are being tidied up.  The fences around the big pond will just have the fronts cleaned up and painted.  I'll be glad when this is over!

If you've been jonesin' for some new puzzles, you are in luck!  I think this picture of Kate and Tilly would be fun, too :-).  



Sheepmom said...

Wow, late babies! Although maybe not in your area. We have a few barnswallow nests with youngsters but the whole gang will be migrating soon. Waaaah! I love our barnswallows. A note about killdeers - their babies are precocial, meaning hatched with fuzz and ready to move around like chicken chicks. Birds who hatch chicks that are naked and need feeding in the nest are altricial. So, if you see naked babies in a ground nest they aren't killdeer. Meadowlarks - yay!

thecrazysheeplady said...

That's really interesting!

Terry and Linda said...

I love Meadow Larks. I have migrated. I hate to see them leave. The Robins are gone also... Makes me sad.

Shirley said...

Very cool! Glad you spotted it. Love the Unit photo.

sophy0075 said...

Our baby bird didn't make it 😥

T.L. Merrybard said...

How lovely! Glad you saw it in time!

Far Side of Fifty said...

I love Meadowlarks! So glad you saved them! Looks like Kate wants to drive and Tilly is going to push the pedals:)


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