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Baby Killdeer Rescue 2 by Windthin Baby Killdeer Rescue 2 by Windthin
We had a little adventure today. As we were pulling out of the driveway to our apartment, we were startled by three tiny birds in the road. Three tiny birds and two older ones: a pair of killdeer parents and their three chicks. Killdeer nest on the ground, and even their chicks can run like the wind. These three did just that -- in three different directions! They took off wildly, their parents circling and calling at our car, trying to lead it away, which doesn't work well on cars. I hopped out, much to my wife's surprise, and chased them down and scooped them up, saving one narrowly from a kestrel, and took them inside to call Oaken Acres Wildlife Rescue Center, where I'd been heading for my Friday volunteer shift. I was told that killdeers often nest near roads, and to take them back out to where their parents are.

Well, there was no finding the nest, and I wanted to be careful because before they'd split up and nearly run into traffic. So we took them over and set them in an area where they were visible but there were bushes nearby they can hide in and set them down. Their parents circled, calling, trying to lead us away in classic killdeer behavior, and we let ourselves be lead. As we were headed out in the car once more, we spotted the parents circling down to look in on them.

Turns out that our timing was perfect. About ten to fifteen minutes later a severe thunderstorm rolled through, so our effort to reunited the scattered chicks and save them from the traffic probably kept them from being lost to the storm.
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:iconladycorvidaea:
LadyCorvidaea Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So adorable!!! Lovely story to!
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chickaablet Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
aww~
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koshplappit Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Precious!
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
Such a dear little chick! Congrats on rescuing it and thanks for this photo.
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MissIp Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
its so tiny :iconmonkeyloveplz:
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:iconwindthin:
Windthin Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oh yes. We barely spotted them in the road.
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puffugu Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Student General Artist
How did you get a nice photo like that during that chaos? XD This chick looks so adorable! I can't believe such a small birdy can run so much. Never heard of killdeer, do you know how they got that name? :D
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Windthin Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well, this was just after we'd taken them inside briefly and called to find out what to do with them, and right before we carried them over to set them out together for the parents to come get.

As for the name, it comes from their cry, which sounds a lot like "kill-deer." They're a type of plover, one of those birds you see running along shores and skimming over waters.
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puffugu Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh! That's so cool! :D
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Nikonfinest Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Student Photographer
aww you saved them!! great job!!! bravo!
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:iconwindthin:
Windthin Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Until you've chased killdeer chicks up and down the streets you don't know the meaning of panic, I think. ::chuckles::
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Nikonfinest Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Student Photographer
lol haha
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:iconbirdgvee:
BirdGVee Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Student General Artist
Aww, job well done :clap:
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:iconwindthin:
Windthin Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Until you've chased killdeer chicks up and down the streets you don't know the meaning of panic, I think. ::chuckles::
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BirdGVee Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Student General Artist
Mh, I once had that with a young blackbird - but it was a calm street. In the end I got her and sit her up in a tree. :3

And in croatia we once chased some very young abandoned wild duck chicks - with a canoe and a fish-net. o.O And all the gulls around were already like "Mine?"
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:iconwindthin:
Windthin Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Killdeer nest on the ground, often near the road. This wouldn't have been a problem if the three hadn't scattered in three different directions while their parents tried to lead our car away, or if there hadn't been traffic.

Gulls are certainly opportunists. We've a few here, but I remember the droves of them from when I lived near the sea.
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BirdGVee Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Student General Artist
I wished I lived near the sea *sigh*
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:iconwindthin:
Windthin Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
I do miss it. We live in a very flat area now, where I grew up in mountainous and hilly areas near the sea.
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BirdGVee Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Student General Artist
meh :/
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Guard-of-the-Citadel Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013   Photographer
Adorable baby but a more adorable story....you saved them!!!! Kudos to you!!!!!!
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:iconwindthin:
Windthin Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Until you've chased killdeer chicks up and down the streets you don't know the meaning of panic, I think. ::chuckles::
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Guard-of-the-Citadel Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013   Photographer
Actually, I was picturing that scene in my head. If the situation wasn't so dire, it would have been funny. I can see the parents trying so hard to get you to follow them away, perhaps even trying to appear injured (they will do that, you know) so that you would follow them away from their chicks. Then then trying to round up those little ones....what a task!!!!
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Windthin Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oh yes! They tried the old broken-wing tactic on us, and on our car. If it hadn't been for the traffic, and the three splitting off in three directions and their panicked parents, it would have been okay. Well, actually, maybe not, since I am not certain they'd have reunited them all before the storm hit. It came out of nowhere pretty much, so I guess fate was with us helping!
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Guard-of-the-Citadel Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013   Photographer
Neat birds, aren't they!
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