Killdeer Nest at Matanzas Creek Winery and Lavender Gardens

Killdeer Distraction Display

Killdeer Distraction Display

Killdeer Eggs in Nest

Killdeer Eggs in Nest

Matanzas Creek Wishing Well

Matanzas Creek Wishing Well

Lavender Flowers

Lavender Flowers

View of Matanzas Creek Lavender Gardens

View of Matanzas Creek Lavender Gardens

Killdeer nests are a simple depression scraped out of the ground with added bits of sticks, grass, rocks, or shells.  If a predator gets too close, killdeer perform a distraction display.  We knew we were near a nest when this mother killdeer pretended to have a broken-wing – the performance was quite convincing!  We didn’t want to upset her, so we quickly walked away in the other direction.  Just like that she “recovered” and ran back to the 4 eggs safely tucked in her nest.  She couldn’t have picked a more scenic place to raise her family – right in the middle of the lavender gardens at the Matanzas Creek Winery in Sonoma County, California.  Info on visiting is at:  http://www.matanzascreek.com/

Eagle Castle Winery

Eagle Castle Winery at Paso Robles

Eagle Castle Winery Entrance

Eagle Castle Winery Door

Eagle Castle Winery Awards

Eagle Castle Winery Coat-of-Arms

Paso Robles Scenery in Spring

Eagle Castle Winery in Paso Robles is one of our favorite California wineries.  This award winning building has a moat and full coat-of-arms.  The scenery is fantastic, and the wine is delicious!

UPDATE November 2014:  Eagle Castle has been replaced by the Tooth and Nail Winery.  The name changed, but the building is the same:  http://www.toothandnailwinery.com/  and https://www.pacbiztimes.com/2015/06/19/paso-robles-wine-castles-woes-fade-into-medieval-history/

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