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Friday, April 24, 2009

Mystery Eggs? The Killdeer

Killdeer

The mystery eggs from my previous post belong to the one and only killdeer (Charadrius vociferus). Way to go Colleen for guessing correctly!

Killdeer are part of the plover family and are considered shorebirds; however, it's a shorebird that you can see without going near the water. They like to roam around in open lawns, fields and parking lots. In my rural subdivision we have large open lots that attract killdeer, so it's not uncommon to find one of their nest in a nearby flowerbed or a patch of grass this time of year.

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Killdeer tend to be noisy at times with a unique call that's unforgettable once you've heard it. If disturbed, their calls can even be heard at night.

I've put together a short video clip of the female killdeer setting on her eggs.

This video was captured with BirdCam. Visit Camera Critters to see more critters.

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15 comments:

Philip said...

well we have Plovers here also 600 Km's away from the coast but none like these :) Great shot !!

Darla said...

Well I'll be!

Chandramouli S said...

Wow! That's cool. The killdeer looks cute.

Janet said...

Nice photos Alan. We have Killdeer in front of the elementary school one mile down the road, but none in our neighborhood. I guess there is too much activity. They are fun to watch. Love the eggs..very pretty.

Juliana RW said...

I've never seen that kind of bird in here.

My entry this week: in HERE. I hope that you can stop by as well. Thanks

Snap said...

I miss visiting the water birds. It was so easy when we lived on Galveston Island. Now I have to visit through other peoples photos! Thanks!

Indrani said...

The eggs are beautiful like the birds.

Misty Dawn said...

Ahhh yes - they are beautiful birds. When I go for my walks, they start 'lecturing' me and try to get me to follow, whenever I get to close to their nest.

Minie said...

how beautiful the bird is and her cute blue eggs. very pretty.

Dianne said...

they work so hard!
the eggs are beautiful

i beati said...

I always think they are the neatest busy little birds Sandy

Jenn Jilks said...

Just adorable. I have not seen one in My Muskoka!

Karen said...

Never seen one of those birds before...interesting name!!!

Great shots and cool looking eggs..

Adrienne in Ohio said...

The nest shot is awesome! The eggs are so pretty. I love kildeer--they make me laugh for some reason as they run away when I try to approach them.

Tulip said...

awesome black stripe bird and her cute little blue eggs.