Friday, May 21, 2021

Killdeer

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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