Students kicked off part of Litchfield playground after engandered birds lay eggs.
These two killdeer eggs have been laid in the center of the active playground at Griffin Memorial School in Litchfield.
The area around the eggs has been roped off to protect the nest. LEFT AND ABOVE: kimberly Houghton
bark mulch Two eggs are well camouflaged within the bark mulch at Griffin Memorial School’s playground in Litchfield. Kimberly Houghton
Kindergarten students and a paraprofessional noticed the two birds hovering in the area on Monday and spotted the two speckled eggs. As a precaution against disturbing the eggs, Principal Scott Thompson kept students inside during recess on Monday. The school also contacted the state Fish and Game Department and the Audubon Society of New Hampshire.
Killdeer typically lay their eggs in depressions in open areas, often ringed by stones or mulch.wikipedia
According to Becky Suomala, a biologist with the Audubon Society, killdeer are very common in New Hampshire, and they are not endangered or threatened. Even so, Suomala stressed, they are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, meaning the law prevents their nests from being disturbed.
"They like to nest on open, flat ground such as construction sites, farm fields and roofs," she said. "They seem to be fairly tolerant of disturbance, but you cannot move the nest to a different location."
"Hopefully the birds will adapt to the activity there. If they don't, they could abandon the eggs if it isn't adaptable," she said.
If the nesting is successful, there is a chance the two adult birds will return next year to lay their eggs in the same location or nearby, Suomala said.
"We have warned the students to be respectful and careful. We realize it is difficult though, as these eggs are right out there in the open," Thompson said.
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Thomas Sowell: The 'experts' look down on you - 0
- Kathy Sullivan: We need to rethink some of our county government positions - 10
- David Harsanyi: The two-state solution is dead - 1
- Pat Buchanan: A rogue President remakes America - 1
- Another View -- Max Boot: Six steps to a better strategy for defeating ISIS - 1
- Jonah Goldberg: Wait, when did we finish talking about Gruber? - 4
- Charles Krauthammer: The climate pact swindle - 0
- Roger Simon: So why don't the media report better news? - 0
- George Will: Required reading on a Rockefeller - 0
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Police say hit-and-run driver was observed tossing beer cans from car - 0
- City championship on the line Thanksgiving Day - 0
- Your Turn, NH -- Mike Moffett: Republicans can win in 2016 with Kasich at the top of the ticket - 0
- On being American: A point for reflection - 0
- Police say woman stole pocketbook at Hudson Market Basket - 0
- Police say former manager of Hudson McDonald's stole $10k from restaurant - 0
- Manchester school exec contract squeaks by - 0
- Dartmouth gets 10 picks on All-Ivy team - 0
- College Roundup: Mabrey leads St. Anselm men; UNH tops BU - 0
Pipes and plans: A chance to show up Mass.
Manchester school exec contract squeaks by
Your Turn, NH -- Mike Moffett: Republicans can win in 2016 with Kasich at the top of the ticket
On being American: A point for reflection