Friday, May 21, 2021


Finding Killdeer is always satisfying. These plovers are easy to identify, noisy, and have entertaining breeding behavior—leading intruders away from young by feigning broken limbs. Erika and I discovered this bird on 13 May 2021 at a cattle pond at the Deschutes Prairie Preserve south of Olympia. The pond was partially surrounded by a wooden erosion-control structure. Although Killdeer are larger then other ringed plovers, they are closely related to them.


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