Sunday, May 7, 2017

Killdeer

Killdeer get their name from their raucous calls. In the 18th century, these shorebirds went by the names of Chattering or Noisy plover. Killdeer were shot by market hunters in the 1800s, and were, in those years, in decline. Now they are common, benefiting  from human changes to the environment. They are attracted to mudflats, meadows, construction sites, gravel roads, lawns, pastures and golf courses (Jackson and Jackson 2000). The species is famous for its broken wing and tail distraction behaviors. On 28 April at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, I must have been near a nest. This Killdeer patiently led me in the opposite direction.

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