Two Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
keep an eye on
Tanji wants to stalk them but his
chattering and chirping, keeps them
well-informed of his location.
The plovers are in little danger because they are focused on
Tanji, and me waving my arms around while making
noise, being sure they are well alerted.
The pair does a good job of leading
Tanji away from the nest,
Oh, poor me, my wing is broken,...
Tanji falls for it,...
the plover launches
"chirping" and squawking,
keeping T's interest,
then lands a little ways away.
Tanj is still interested and runs again.
The plover easily avoids him and
flies further down the field
Tanji comes back all tired out and crying.
All the while,
Uschi just sits at the edge of the tall grass watching,
which he would happily do for hour and hours.
I marked it so we wouldn't step on the camouflaged eggs.
After a few plover stalkings, Tanji learned
that he wasn't going to catch them and
now just sits with Uschi watching.
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