I saw a Killdeer this morning.  These plovers are well-known for two things.  The first is the distinctive call which gives them their name.  The second is the broken-wing routine that they use to protect their nests.  When we lived in Fort Babine, there was a nearby open spot that sometimes served as a campground.  A Killdeer usually made her nest there.  As I would walk by, she would put on the broken-wing routine and try to distract me away.  Of course, all it did was make me curious and want to find her nest — which I did.  This morning the Killdeer tried the same act, but I didn’t attempt to find the nest.  It did make me think though:  unlike human beings, Killdeer always protect their unborn.

About Wes Bredenhof

Pastor of the Free Reformed Church, Launceston, Tasmania. View all posts by Wes Bredenhof

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