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05 January 2009

Mystery solved

Suze guessed it. Yes, the Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) are back. I had to laugh at all the food comments, coz that's the first thing I thought, as well, when I cropped that section.

The Killdeer is one of the most successful shorebirds because of its fondness for human modified habitats and its willingness to nest close to people. Because they live so close to people, however, they are vulnerable to pesticide poisoning and collisions with cars and buildings.

The broken-wing act used to lead predators from the nest would not keep a cow or horse from stepping on the eggs. To guard against large hoofed animals, the Killdeer uses a quite different display, fluffing itself up, displaying its tail over its head, and running at the beast to attempt to make it change its path.


Sayre said...

I love killdeer. I don't see them here as much as I did when I lived in Oklahoma though. They were EVERYWHERE there.

When I first saw your picture, I thought "parfait". Totally missed the eye and focused on the stripes.

Floridacracker said...

I didn't make it to the puzzle, but it's a good picture of a killdeer!

Graceanne Grateful said...

I have had my PC shut down for some days because of the thunderstorms so haven't been online. Love your pic of the Killdeer, Sophie. We have them here in the summer time, and they used to nest in the high grass and weeds out at the road. Then the county started cutting along the right-of-way, and I didn't see them this past year. - Made me sick!
I hope they will come back this year. I always let some of my field stay in tall grass for the ground nesting birds.
God bless you, honey. G G :)