Wild Bird Wednesday and ABC Wednesday
K is for Killdeer
|Killdeer, Guntersville Lake, Alabama, USA, September 11, 2015|
The Killdeer, Charadrins vociferous, gets its name from its call, a shrill kill-deee, or killdeer, or sometimes dee-dee-dee. Their range covers most of North America and parts of South America.
Easily identified by the two black bands across the breast, Killdeer are the most common Plovers in the United States. (Weird how that rock looks like it has teeth).
Most often seen near water, Killdeer probe the mud to find and eat worms, snails, small crustaceans, and insects. Their colors blend in with the rocky shore. I didn't see the second one until I loaded the photos onto my computer!
|On the Natchez Trace Parkway, Lee County, Mississippi, USA, September 13, 2015|
Mimosa microphylla, Littleleaf Sensitive Briar, is a native wildflower of the southern United States. It is a member of the Pea family, but its thumbnail-size bloom is nothing like what you expect from a Pea.
The thorny stems are weak so that the plant trails along the ground. The pinnate leaves react to being touched by closing up, hence the 'sensitive' part of its name. The leaves also close at night and on very cloudy days.
I think this pollinator is a Hoverfly, Milesia virginiensis, aka Good News Bee. It completely ignored me as I was down on my knees using my macro lens. It was systematically working its way across the bloom, getting nectar and/or pollen from each tiny port.
|Tishomingo County, Mississippi, USA, September 20, 2015|
On Sunday we spent the afternoon at Tishomingo State Park. This view of Bear Creek was made from the bridge at the beginning of one of the hiking trails. Most of our trees are still green, but with cooler temperatures, we are beginning to see hints of Autumn color.
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