No idea! Thanks for establishing "how done it!”
On Apr 26, 2016, at 2:03 PM, Chip Darmstadt <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Is that gravel patch at U32 still there John? Larry Clarfeld and I installed
> that with students quite a few years ago in an attempt to provide nesting
> substrate for Common Nighthawk (or at least Killdeer)! Never heard anything
> back about the success of it (or not!).
> Cheers, Chip
> Chip Darmstadt, Executive Director
> North Branch Nature Center
> (802) 229-6206
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Vermont Birds [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of John Snell
> Sent: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 12:23 PM
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> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Killdeer, chapter 10!
> Great story Ali. I used to work up on roofs at night with infrared imagers
> and it was so easy to see the Killdeers who seemed totally perplexed that I
> knew where they were. Even when they flew off the next, the eggs remained
> very warm and, to me, visible. The advent of all rubber, no gravel roofs
> means less nesting habitat thought U32 in East Montpelier installed a couple
> square yards of gravel just to try to attract them.
> On Apr 26, 2016, at 9:52 AM, alison wagner <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Fellow birders,
>> Snow on the 26th of April has enabled me to find, for the first time in
> ten years, the Killdeer nest on top of the 1958 wing-addition of the
> Hinesburg Community School! This roof has been habitat for the shorebirds
> every year, but they have blended in so well with the multi-colored round
> stones, they've always eluded my detection. Regardless of my endless
> searching and waiting for a changing of the guard, I've never found them
> (like looking for that one jigsaw puzzle piece that MUST be missing). Until
> now! Like Horton the elephant, the Killdeer are faithful 100 percent! The
> snow is melting on the parent on the nest while it covers the roof around
> them and eliminates their ability to hide.
>> I've been able to share this with middle school students and the timing is
> perfect as they have been learning about natural selection! Questions are
> coming out:
>> What will happen to the eggs? ( hopefully the parent's body will keep them
>> Can we bring the eggs inside to keep them warm? (it's best to let nature
> do the work)
>> Will the eggs freeze? What if they die? (the parents will try again).
>> Fingers crossed they'll all make it through this cold spell and face the
> challenges that await the chicks after hatching!
>> HCS (& Huntington)