The observant wanderer about downtown might encounter an avian inhabitant in the most unexpected places, even here, right alongside the rails where fifty cars of CSX freight just thundered past. Do you see the bird nest? It's right there, along the margin of the gravel and the weeds, three large speckled eggs, hiding in plain sight...
See them yet?
The cry of the killdeer can be heard throughout the vacant open spaces along the downtown portion of the tracks, and nature's brilliant scheme for disguising its precious eggs is as effective here among the trackside litter as it was on the pre-pioneer plains of a bygone age or among the scattered shells near the shore of some ancient sea.
Both male and female adults linger nearby, not yet sounding the alarm or feigning injury to lure us away from ground zero, but diligent and wary of any threatening move on our part. Next time you're out and about in your downtown, keep an eye out for oddly shaped pebbles; after all, May is nesting season!