we moved into this kirohouse in april 2007.
this is our 7th spring here.
this is the 7th year the killdeer have nested with us.
i am so excited they choose our driveway every single spring.
she always lays four eggs.
on april 19th, i drove up our driveway to see this:
i was pretty stoked!
then the mowing guy came...while i was in the shower...i could hear his mower as he came by that side of the house.
so i did the only thing i could do.
i jumped out of the shower with my hair full of conditioner, wrapped it in a towel and pulled on my yoga pants and a hoodie over my wet body and ran outside to flag mowing guy down.
i wanted him to make sure he didn't run over her nest while mowing...so i flagged the nest and let him know where to be especially careful!
that was last week.
today...today we have this:
doing what innate does at its finest.
she's taking care of her babies.
gentle reader, that is dedication! i know of humans that are not as dedicated as this to their human babies!
but look at her!
and then it kept snowing.
and it snowed some more.
and i checked on mama bird.
and there she sat, almost completely buried in the snow.
taking care of her babies.
i worried about them.
i asked for help on facebook, instagram and twitter.
i finally reached someone at the humane society.
i was told to let her be and she should be fine as long as we don't get 18 inches of snow!
so i let her be.
i wanted to give her some type of shelter but was so worried that she would abandon the babies and i wasn't willing to take that risk.
i let her be.
then it kept snowing. and snowing. and snowing.
and i went to check on her and couldn't find her!
the snow had completely covered her.
i could hear chirping from an evergreen across the yard.
at first, i thought she had fled her nest in order to save herself.
back to the garage for a flashlight so i could do a little investigating.
lo and behold! she had not abandoned her nest and babies...i could see a bit of her tail feathers.
now i panicked.
what do i do?
do i leave her be still?
if i do, it is possible for her to suffocate under that heavy blanket of snow.
but the snow acts as insulation so maybe i should leave it alone.
i went back inside and cogitated my options.
i cogitated mama bird's options.
i went back out with an ice scraper and began to smooth away the snow.
she never moved a feather.
i could hear her mate, chirping, frantically from the tree.
i continued to dig.
she still didn't move.
imagine my surprise when she came flying, literally, out of the little snow bank and landed a few feet away from me!
i moved the snow off her babies, murmured to her and walked back to the comfort of my home.
i waited about 10 minutes and went back to make sure she went back to the nest.
and she did!
i'm hoping for the best for these four little guys.
i hope you will, too.
i am grateful:
- kiroman had safe travels tonight
- to be able to laugh and giggle with kirogirl
- for the comfort of my home tonight
- for the ups doing a second delivery for me today
- for electric garage door openers
just breathing isn't living!