Killdeer Eggs

Killdeer Eggs

I came upon this nest out on the south field plateau a few days ago. When I checked again yesterday there were four eggs. I often find their eggs this time of year out on field walks.

We have a fair number of killdeer since we reopened the fields. They favor open spaces. Forests, while romantic, are actually places of low biodiversity. The greater variety of species happens when there is a patchwork of fields, forests and marshes.

Another bird we now see is grackles. The drive off the hawks and ravens who are a danger to small piglets. I’ve seen killdeer go after the crows, hawks and ravens too. There is another bird that chases them but I’m not sure what it is.

Yesterday I saw a rabbit. In the winter I see many different animal tracks daily. In the summer months there are fewer signs since their paws don’t leave impressions everywhere like on the winter snows. Still, I find turkey droppings, tracks in the mud and the other day a blue heron buzzed me, accidentally.

Outdoors: 70°F/46°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 66°F/63°F

Daily Spark: “If America could be, once again, a nation of self-reliant farmers, craftsmen, hunters, ranchers and artists, then the rich would have little power to dominate others. Neither to serve nor to rule. That was the American Dream.” -Edward Abbey

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3 Responses to Killdeer Eggs

  1. Beautiful photo Walter and a great reminder to slow down while doing our farm chores. To see all there is to see.

  2. phil says:

    hey walter.

    3 of my sows have delivered 12 beautiful healthy piglets each. their second litter.
    i have a fourth sow that is the piglet to one of my sows that i kept for breeding because her mother is a great sow. they all have been bred with the same boar. a new boar. like i said the 3 sows who have already had a first litter, which was also 12 quality healthy piglets each the first and second litter. so my gilt just had her piglets. she had 6 piglets and a still born. and she was vomiting during farrowing and clearly did not handle it at all like the way the other three sows did their first and second litters. so i was just curious and thought id ask. the boar obviously has great genes, and so do the other three sows. thats proven. but this new sow clearly isnt at my other sows level, even though her mother is a quality mother. does this just happen? does the new sow just have bad genetics? they have all been fed and raised exactly the same. should i not continue breeding her? i know its her first litter. but the other three sows first litters all produced 12 piglets each, no vomiting, no still borns. basically a whole different level. what are your thoughts/

    • Vomiting is not something we see much of. Could be she ate something bad for her or she has a sensitive stomach. There are diseases that can cause that or it could be genetics or even a non-genetic congenital problem. I would probably rebreed her for one last litter before fall since these are the easier months and then send her to meat in the fall after she comes back to condition and debags after that litter. This gives one more chance to see how she proves.

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