This week’s featured bird, the killdeer
, was one of the first birds I ever identified and it has remained a favorite of mine ever since. Bold coloration, distinct calls and perky, nervous behavior are characteristic of this species, but killdeers are also known for the cunning “fake injuries” they use to lure predators away from their nests. Now is the perfect time to spot that diversion, as killdeers are busy protecting their spring nests near lakes, rivers and open fields.
What killdeer behaviors have you observed? Share your experiences in the comments!
Photo © Clinton & Charles Robertson