Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Maybe she misjudged the day or the location. Maybe there was no choice. Whatever the bird circumstance that caused a mother killdeer to lay an egg on the walkway down to the lake at Cedar Bluff, it wasn't a good idea.
Abandoned, the egg is vulnerable. Foxes, looking for a tasty morsel, come up the bluff trail. Humans or deer could step on it. The Canada geese parade their goslings up and down the trail. They could easily dislodge it from the open nest and destroy it.
For now, it is abandoned, a speckled reminder that things don't always work out the way nature plans.
Wanda Hayes Eichler