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Re: ok- this is just unbelievable, now birds


I've found the National Geographic bird guide to be the most helpful.  
They aren't photos, but rather drawings that are MUCH clearer.

Theresa

Donna wrote:

>You are right! That's my birds! Speckled eggs and all :)
>
>Donna
>Who hates using this guide book- darn birds never look like the images they
>have!
>
>
>  
>
>>I bet they are killdeer. Check out
>>www.birdwatching.com/stories/killdeer.html
>>I think killdeer are shorebirds that (wisely) decided to differentiate
>>and adapt...
>>Cathy
>>On Monday, April 25, 2005, at 09:54 PM, Donna wrote:
>>
>>    
>>
>>>Mine look more like sandpipers.... but I am not the greatest on id
>>>them...
>>>which is why I am taking this class!
>>>
>>>Whatever they are, the babies do hatch, but they are in a fenced in
>>>area
>>>(aka veggie garden) so many land predators can't get them.
>>>
>>>Donna
>>>Where it is really windy tonight!
>>>
>>>
>>>      
>>>
>>>>Donna, do you mean killdeer? They nest on the ground and exhibit the
>>>>behaviors you describe. We have them around here, too. I wonder how
>>>>they have survived - not one I have seen nesting has ever had babies
>>>>hatch.
>>>>Cathy
>>>>On Monday, April 25, 2005, at 05:55 AM, Donna wrote:
>>>>
>>>>        
>>>>
>>>>>most times they take over any hanging pot. john put
>>>>>the large (like 1 1/2- 2ft) ornaments there this year
>>>>>and pitched the plastic pots. Not sure where my doves
>>>>>are nesting, but I see them around here daily.
>>>>>
>>>>>In my yard, the only bird who normally nests on the
>>>>>ground is the sand something, need more coffee to
>>>>>remember the name... escapes me at the moment. It
>>>>>nests in the pea gravel by my veggie garden. It is the
>>>>>bird that pretends to be hurt when you go near the
>>>>>nest, drawing you to it, rather than the babies...
>>>>>kinds cool how it pretend to have a broken wing.
>>>>>
>>>>>All of my trees have someone's nests too....
>>>>>
>>>>>Donna
>>>>>
>>>>>--- Melody   <mhobertm@excite.com> wrote:
>>>>>          
>>>>>
>>>>>>Our garden is home to a returning set of mourning
>>>>>>doves as well...on the
>>>>>>ground in the middle of my daffodils, right under
>>>>>>the cherry
>>>>>>tree...there is a pair that returns to nest in the
>>>>>>same spot there every
>>>>>>year. Is this unusual for birds to nest on the
>>>>>>ground?
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>>Melody
>>>>>>Hills, IA  zone 5
>>>>>>            
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