The Fascinating World of Killdeer Birds: A Close Encounter at Frisella Nursery

By Frisella Nursery

Spring is a time of new beginnings, and at Frisella Nursery, we’re thrilled to witness a heartwarming spectacle in our own backyard. A Killdeer bird has chosen our property as her nesting ground, and we’re captivated by her dedicated efforts to protect her nest of eggs. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the fascinating world of Killdeer birds, exploring their unique characteristics and what makes them stand out in the avian world.

Meet the Killdeer

The Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) is a medium-sized plover known for its distinctive “kill-deer” call and striking appearance. With a white belly, brown upperparts, and two bold black bands across its chest, the Killdeer is easily recognizable. Its bright orange eye ring and long, slender legs make it a truly unique bird.

Nesting Habits

Killdeer birds prefer open, flat habitats such as fields, gravel areas, and even parking lots. They often nest on the ground, making their homes in shallow depressions lined with pebbles or other natural materials. This may seem risky, but their excellent camouflage helps protect their nests from predators.

The mama Killdeer at Frisella Nursery chose a perfect spot for her nest. We’re taking special care to avoid disturbing her, allowing her to focus on incubating her eggs and raising her chicks.

The Killdeer’s Defense Mechanism

One of the most intriguing aspects of the Killdeer is its unique defense mechanism. When a predator approaches the nest, the Killdeer will often feign injury, dragging a wing as if it’s broken to draw attention away from the nest. This bold display can lure predators away, giving the eggs a chance to remain safe and secure.

Raising the Next Generation

The Killdeer’s eggs are a beautiful blend of buff and dark speckles, helping them blend into their surroundings. Incubation typically takes about 24-28 days, during which the mama bird fiercely guards her nest. Once the chicks hatch, they’re ready to leave the nest within a few hours and can even forage for food on their own.

The family sticks together for a while as the young birds continue to grow and learn how to survive in the wild. This is a critical time for the Killdeer family, as the chicks are especially vulnerable to predators.

Preserving the Killdeer at Frisella Nursery

At Frisella Nursery, we’re committed to supporting wildlife and preserving natural habitats. With the mama Killdeer nesting on our property, we’ve taken steps to ensure her safety and the safety of her eggs. By marking the area and educating our staff and visitors, we’re helping to protect this incredible bird and her future family.

Tips for Coexisting with Killdeer Birds

If you find yourself near a Killdeer nest, here are some tips to help you coexist with these beautiful birds:

  • Keep your distance: Give the mama bird and her nest plenty of space. This will help her feel secure and reduce stress.
  • Watch out for nests: Be mindful of where you walk, as Killdeer nests can be difficult to spot.
  • Educate others: Spread awareness about these birds and their nesting habits to ensure others respect their space as well.
  • Protect from pets: Keep your pets leashed and away from nesting areas to prevent disturbance or harm to the birds.

The Importance of Biodiversity

By supporting the Killdeer bird population and other wildlife, we’re promoting biodiversity at Frisella Nursery. This not only benefits the local ecosystem but also provides valuable learning opportunities for our community. Observing the mama Killdeer and her nest is a unique chance to appreciate the wonders of nature right in our own backyard.


The presence of the Killdeer bird at Frisella Nursery is a reminder of the beauty and resilience of nature. We’re grateful to have this close encounter with such an extraordinary species and look forward to watching the mama bird and her chicks thrive. If you find yourself near a Killdeer nest, take a moment to observe these remarkable birds and appreciate the intricate web of life that surrounds us.

Stay tuned for more updates on our Killdeer family and other exciting happenings at Frisella Nursery!

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