Wild Bird Wednesday and
ABC Wednesday - K is for Killdeer, an American plover that has two black bands around the upper chest.
|Killdeer, Charadrius vociferous, Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, March 11, 2015|
Killdeer are permanent residents across the southeastern United States. Though they are considered shore birds, they are often found inland near lakes and ponds. Their breeding range includes the entire United States and most of Canada.
Killdeer eat beetles, grasshoppers, boll weevils, ants, caterpillars, dragonflies, spiders, snails, centipedes, ticks, and worms. If near shallow water, they may catch and eat small shellfish. They build their nests on the ground, and their young are capable of some independent activity as soon as they hatch. They can fly 25 days after hatching.
Their call is a shrill kill-dee, kill-dee or killdeer, killdeer.
|Spring Beauty, Prentiss county, Mississippi, USA, March 24, 2015|
This tiny bit of perfection is the wildflower Spring Beauty, Claytonia virginica.
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