A few weeks ago we went to a bike rodeo and family picnic at the boys' school. Upon arrival, we saw a small tree with caution tape around the borders.
This little bird laid eggs in the mulch. Pierce said that on the morning announcements they reported it was a killdeer. She was pretty agitated during the bike rodeo - hundreds of people walking by and bikes zooming everywhere. She made quite a racket in her disapproval.
She laid her eggs right by a major walkway, so she must not have checked out the area beforehand. I felt bad for her with all the activity going on. I think it's nice the school is trying to watch out for her well being.
Hopefully she won't get so upset she abandons her eggs. It does seem a strange place to lay them. Maybe killdeer aren't the smartest birds on the block?