April 21, 2017

Just sittin in the grass.

This killdeer sat in the grass and ignored me as I drove by, usually the skitter away.
Being as he cooperated I took his picture.

Charadrius vociferus
Killdeer get their name from the shrill, wailing kill-deer call they give so often. Eighteenth-century naturalists also noticed how noisy Killdeer are, giving them names such as the Chattering Plover and the Noisy Plover.

A well-known denizen of dry habitats, the Killdeer is actually a proficient swimmer. Adults swim well in swift-flowing water, and chicks can swim across small streams.

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