Wouldn't these branches be neat to climb into?This is not my favorite tree. My favorite tree appears to be dying. I'll have to get a picture of it the next time I'm in the area. It's my favorite tree because I distinctly remember it as a child, that very tree. It was huge and old then and that was 44 years ago. I used to daydream about it riding by on the way to school on our school bus. This is a killdeer's nest. Yep. The bird makes the nest right on the ground. Sometimes in the darndest places...like, for instance in the middle of a busy driveway. I don't think it's an especially intelligent bird.It defends its nest by simply running off at your approach, dragging its wing and pretending to be wounded. Predators, thinking that it will be easy prey, follow it. When the killdeer thinks that the creature has been led far enough away from the nest, it simply picks up and flies away. Here's mama back on her 'nest'. I imagine that the warm rocks will make the eggs hatch very quickly, like an incubator. I did not want to get closer. These pictures were taken at a gravel heap for a road crew.