A Bird Haiku Per Day in May Day 16: Killdeer

Photo by Jeremy Schwartz

Black stripes cross neck, breast

Moves so quickly on thin legs

Shorebird far from shore

Killdeer can seem a bit out of place when spotted in an open field or even in a gravel parking lot. Though they belong to a family of shorebird called plovers, killdeer often in nest in relatively open spaces away from water. They can be quite noisy, especially when in flight and among other killdeers. Their call is a quick, repetitive, high-pitched kill-deer with the deer sound sometimes elongated. Also, look for the mock wounded display (one wing dragging along the ground while walking in a zigzag) females will do to draw attention away from their young.

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