Sunday, April 05, 2009
Killdeer, Charadrius vociferus, Daylily Hills. A pair of Killdeer had taken up residence next to an artificial pond at Daylily Hills. The male attempted to lure me away from the foliage surrounding the pond with a classic broken wing strategy. I can only guess that there was a nest hidden in the surrounding brush. Killdeer are one of the most widespread of the plover family. Lest you wonder, the name, Killdeer, apparently is based on their call. Apparently, they are also capable of fluffing up and chasing large mammals like cows away from their nest.