I only saw two killdeer chicks and they were both out of the open in one of the baseball fields at Lake Murray. I thought it was the two females, but when I looked closely, I saw it was Smudge and a boy killdeer. No sign of the female with the long mark on her forehead. I have no idea where she went, but hope she's just hiding.
|Little boy killdeer chick|
|Smudge and her brother in the background|
Squeak and Pollux were both there. After I left, I could hear them screaming in panic. I think a hawk or crow might have made its appearance. The screaming didn't last long, but I hope all of them are OK. I'm sure they left the field and went back down to the water's edge. Hopefully, they didn't run into any fast cyclists or anything.
I saw this mom with one duckling and thought it was the mom that had four, then three, then two and now one. Last Friday, I saw a gull harassing the mom whom had only two ducklings out of the four original, and I thought that maybe it got one after I left. But, no, this is a new duckling. Mom and duckling soon disappeared and went into hiding after I took this photo. The mom with the two ducklings was seen and both ducklings are OK and doing well.
|Mom with new duckling|
Mom with four of the five ducklings. The fifth was off-frame. They are three weeks old now:
Mom was keeping an eye on everything.
This duckling got some algae that was on a piece of fishing line. But, he got it off him.
All five were out on the land, then, all of a sudden, they all ran to the water all at once.
I also saw the "brown mama" and one of her ducklings was screaming for her. I didn't see any of the other ducklings, though I did see the mom looking for them. I think one of the herons got one of her ducklings a week or so ago, but I'm not sure. It could have also been another female's duckling. I saw the two, almost grown, ducklings from the 10 that were hatched first this year, too. I think I might have even seen Neo and his mom sitting under a bush. I thought I saw Neo on the side of the lake in the same area on Friday.