There is no photo today because it’s a dark and stormy day. It is ninety degrees with a deluge of rain. The Killdeer comes to mind. She is faithfully sitting on her eggs protecting them from the storm. Like most mothers, she is a picture of tenacity, perseverance, and devotion. In hot temperatures, Killdeer sometimes soak their bellies in water before sitting on the eggs to cool them down. That won’t be necessary today since everything is drenched.
John Eastman, Birds of Field and Shore: Grassland and Shoreline Birds of Eastern North America (Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 2000), 71.