We came across this Killdeer nest in a neighborhood park. The nest was on the ground, in a patch of gravel, and out in the open. The were three spotted eggs in the nest. The mother Killdeer was nearby, and voiced her displeasure about our presence.

We stepped away to give the female some room, and she quickly returned to the nest.

A week later we returned to the park, and found that the nest was gone—most likely the victim of a lawn mower.

Three Killdeer eggs in their nest.
Three Killdeer eggs in their nest.
A Killdeer nest located on the ground in in a patch of gravel.
A Killdeer nest located on the ground in in a patch of gravel.
 The Killdeer nest in context.
The female Killdeer.
The female Killdeer.
The female Killdeer on her nest.
The female Killdeer on her nest.
The Killdeer nest in context.

Observation Details

County Denton
City Carrollton
Date March 3, 2007
Time of Day Afternoon
Temperature Warm (70-89°F/21-32°C)
Weather Cloudy
Habitat Recreation-Park
Type of Behavior Nesting
Gender Female
Maturity Adult, Egg
Observer Chris Jackson
Main Article Killdeer Observation Location