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Like chickens, plover chicks can walk almost as soon as they are hatched. The parents guide them well away from the nest to a safe area.
|During the last month Alkira students have shared their school yard with a pair of nesting spur-winged plovers. The eggs have hatched and parents have taken their chicks away from the nesting area. The chicks feed themselves, but the parents continue to protect them and keep them warm at night. While it has been fascinating watching them guarding their eggs, fearlessly swooping at anyone who came near, it did have its inconveniences.|
It has to be said that the vast majority of students have been respectful of the birds during the 28-30 day incubation period. It is a great credit to the students and teachers at Alkira that they made space for the birds even though they made some nervous, irritated others and excited yet others. Despite this, students left the birds alone to care for their eggs.
Should we be tolerant of wildlife that shares our spaces like this or should someone have gotten rid of the birds so that students and teachers were not inconvenienced by the parents alarm calls and swooping? What do you think? (Click “comments” above and have your say!)