We returned from spring break (which was wonderful) to find that a Killdeer had laid eggs right outside my classroom, and it’s been a neat little learning experience for my students and me. We quickly learned that these birds are very protective of their eggs. If anyone gets near the female, she starts acting like she has a broken wing to lure you away from the eggs. The male is much more aggressive-if he’s around watch out, because he’ll swoop in and actually try to peck you! Needless to say, we’ve kept students away from the nest and placed a barrier over the eggs, so that the birds can come and go, but students will know to stay away.
I did find a little video on youtube of the broken wing act that you can see here.
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