Man Rescues Killdeer Chick From PVC Pipe

One of my favorite birds is a little shorebird called a Killdeer. They don’t always live near the shore, but can be found along lakes, rivers, or just about anywhere near a water source. I’m always on the lookout for a happy killdeer chick story. Killdeer chicks are extremely cute. They look like puff balls on stilts. I came across this story on a site called Viral Spell. In this story, Patrick Smith heard chirping when he went out to take a smoke break at work. Being into bird watching, he looked around to see where the sound was coming from. That’s when he found the little chick upside down in a PVC pipe.

Patrick rescued the chick from the pipe and he could clearly see the baby bird was exhausted. The chick just rested in his hands. Patrick knew that these birds are precocial and they follow their parents around soon after they hatch. More familiar precocial birds include ducklings and goslings. Patrick saw that the chick’s parents were nearby, frantically calling and circling around. Though it’s not seen in the accompanying video, the parents were sure to have been doing broken-wing distractions. Killdeer are famous for faking a broken wing to distract predators. 

When the chick began to get more active, Patrick carefully lowered the chick to the asphalt parking lot where the parents were calling from. He encouraged the chick to go back to his parents. The chick ran towards his mom and dad, halting every few steps to look around. Eventually, the parents ran up to their baby and the little chick nestled under one of their wings. Patrick said, in the video, that this was one of the coolest things to ever happen to him.

Though it wasn’t specified in the video, the chick was likely stuck in an irrigation pipe that sticks straight up from the ground. This is a reminder to screen your irrigation pipes or any other vertical pipe. Without a screen, birds and animals get stuck in them and die because they can’t get out. There have even been owls found stuck in larger versions of these pipes. Once an animal gets in there, there’s no way to climb the sides or spread their wings.

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