Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Babies

Yesterday was the day the babies of the mountain were out in force.  First, I saw these 7 Canada goslings, whose mother eyed me very suspiciously.  I don't know where dad was.  He's usually right there too.  Even a few of the babies are starting to develop that same suspicous look.

The second baby I found was the tiny killdeer.  Baby killdeer look so much like their parents that unless they are standing next to the parents, it's not always easy to see how small they are.  in this case, junior circled my car while mom screamed plaintively from the sidelines, trying to lure me away from baby.  Baby seemed a lot less worried than mom. Perhaps baby was testing his independence just a bit.

4 comments:

Lynne at Hasty Brook said...

I've never seen a baby killdeer. It's funny to see the same pitifully worried expression on the baby that the adults have.

Carolyn H said...

Lynne: Baby killdeer are so much like their parents, only tiny, that it's really kind of eerie. They seem to spring fully ready to go right out of the egg--only smaller. They can even fly when they're tiny.

Cathy said...

Cute! I'm keeping my eye out for the newfawns. I'm hoping that they start showing up soon.

Woodswalker said...

Awww! What a treat to see those babies! I've never seen a baby killdeer, either. Thanks for the photos.