Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Killdeer, March 25, 2015

ABC Wednesday, Wild Bird Wednesday, and Wildflower Wednesday

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.

Wildflower Wednesday
Spring Beauty, Prentiss county, Mississippi, USA, March 24, 2015

This tiny bit of perfection is the wildflower Spring Beauty, Claytonia virginica. 
Happy Wildflower Wednesday!

Have a Wonderful Day!

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  1. Wonderful selection of bird shot. ALso like the flower with insect.

  2. I love watching these birds and they have a great call.

  3. A very nice looking Killdeer. Looks a little angry in that last image.

  4. Killdeer are very easy birds to love. I have always been fascinated by their nesting on the ground and then when someone gets too close, the "broken wing" display to lead the offender away from the eggs or babies. You got some great photos!

  5. Your kildeer is an interesting and beautiful bird. The ordinary Dutch plover is found in Friesland, which is one of our northern provinces. In spring people are going looking for plover's eggs. The first plover egg is presented to the King or Queen, when she was the ruling monarch. Of course after that first egg the search stops, at least I hope.
    Grat post Norma!
    Wil, ABCW

  6. Beautiful Killdeer and wildflower, Happy Wednesday!

  7. I wonder if your killdeer is related to our plovers?

  8. Great photos of the Killdeer.

  9. Last year Bob and I saw a Killdeer on our farm. We were very excited to see it. It must have just stopped by for a quick meal. Now that I know they eat dragonflies (one of my favorite animals), I am glad they don't visit us too often. Dragonflies of numerous colors and shapes visit our pond every year.

  10. Nice shots. Interesting latin name. Noisy little things are they?

  11. A handsome bird, and a pretty flower.

  12. Such a pretty little bird, and an interesting description of its life

  13. Awesome photos! I love the ant on the bloom.


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