With spring forcing itself out of oblivion, I am energized when I can get out in the yard. One of the rites of spring I most enjoy is watching the Killdeer go through their mating ritual and hatch their first batch of eggs.
When they protect their nest they can be ferocious! They stare you straight in the eye, screaming their heads off, and seem 20,000 feet tall. Such happened to me this afternoon. I immediately stopped the tractor to search for the nest. They are tremendously well camoflaged and difficult to find but I was lucky. Those hatchlings couldn't be more than a few hours old.
It's enough to make you forget, for one brief shining moment, all the ugliness in the world!