Have you ever been pecked on the head by a mommy bird protecting her babies?
Seeing this bird today hiss at the children reminded me of a bird that once pecked my head as a child. Unbeknownst to me there was a nest in the tree and I got a little too close.
I was surprised to find this nest in plain sight in the open, rocky landscape right beside where we parked at church. If anyone got close, she would hiss and flair up her wings, hence the orange feathers.
After a little research I learned that this bird is a killdeer, named for the peculiar sound it makes. Nesting in open areas (like lawns or parking lots) in rock or gravel is common amongst them. Who knew?