Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Killdeer - Harbingers of Spring

This morning at Avimor we had a pair of Killdeer scoping out nesting sites. Last year we had at least two Killdeer nests on the vacant commercial lots right along Avimor Drive. Killdeer are so called because of the sound they make, not some relation to deer or to killing deer. They are the most common and widespread member of the plover family of birds.Killdeer make shallow nests right on the ground and therefore have to defend them from predators regularly. The most common defence method is to lure the predator away from the nest by faking a broken wing some distance way from the eggs. Some people get annoyed by the noise Killdeer make. I think they are cute, especially the young as they run around on the open fields.

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