Monday, August 14, 2017

Killdeer


Happy Monday everyone!


I am sharing the cute Killdeer for this week's wild bird post. It is a medium sized plover. They are considered shore birds but can live far from the water. It is named after it's shrill wailing call.



The Killdeer have a brown back and wings with a white belly. Their bill is short, black and thick.
They have a round head and flesh colored legs. They forage for food in fields and mudflats, they eat insects.




They can nest on dry gravel with little or no vegetation around.


The Plovers are some of my favorite birds, these Killdeer's have the sweetest faces. You just have to love them, lol.   I hope you enjoyed my photos and post.


As always I thank you for stopping by and as always I appreciate your comments.

My list of memes for today, I hope to see you there. Thanks to both of the host below.


Thanks to Michelle for hosting Nature Notes


Thanks to Stewart for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday

79 comments:

Marit Sønstebø said...

Hello,

Beautiful photos of a cute bird. I learn somwthing new about birds every time you post something on your blog, Eileen! Thank you for sharing.
Happy Monday, and enjoy your new week ahead!

Seraphinas Phantasie said...

Hi Eileen,
such a cute little bird with marvelous feathers in different colors. Amazing !
Best, Synnöve

Gordon said...

I couldn't agree with you more Eileen, they are a beautiful bird, I was lucky enough to be able to watch one preening once, and the colours in the under plumage was gorgious, lots of orangey buff.
Have a good one Eileen, Gordon.

Lynn said...

They do have sweet faces - I've never seen one before. Love the gorgeous eyes!

Karen said...

These are fascinating to watch. Thanks for sharing the great pics. Have a wonderful week

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Love that last shot... I adore our little ringed plovers round here... and only last week I indulged in having one of my photos enlarged onto a canvas to hang on my wall! YAM xx

jandi said...

Beautiful little bird! Love it's eyes.

Lux G. said...

A beautiful creature.

Prunella Pepperpot said...

Lovely images Eileen. I wonder why they call them killdeer. They remind me more of antelopes!
Have a wonderful week ahead :)

✿ chica said...

Tão lindas que parecem vê-los aqui ao meu lado! Beleza! bjs, ótima semana,chica

amo sin blogg said...

Happy Monday to you too.
I wish you a happe week ahead.
To day we have rain and sunshine together....

Love Anne-Mari

diane b said...

Great shots. We have plovers too. They lay their eggs on the ground and then attack anyone that goes near them. They laid them on the school oval one year and dive bombed the kids when they were playing.

Tom said...

...they can be the goofiest birds.

italiafinlandia said...

Amazing bird, Eileen. Great capture!
Have a sunny week!

Sandra said...

love the EYE in the number 3 photo, so precious.

roth phallyka said...

Beautiful little bird! Love it's eyes.

การ์ตูนโป๊, jav

Mary Hone said...

I love watching them, especially when they have babies.

Karen S. said...

Awe, these are one of my favorite birds, and their song, sounding out their name is so wonderful to hear. We used to have lots of them making nests around our property, years ago, but they have pretty much all moved on now. I do miss them.

Linda said...

Gorgeous photos of this sweet bird, Eileen! Thank you so much for sharing, and I hope you have a wonder filled week ahead! :)

rupam sarma said...

So nice post. Awesome pics.
Greetings.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

They really are a pretty bird. Have you ever seen one run around acting like it had a broken wing? They do that when they think someone or something is getting too close to their nest (which is on the ground)...so they pretend to be hurt thinking that the predator will chase them. There were always nests at the Lake here when we lived there .... the RV Park managers would rope them off if they could so walkers wouldn't disturb.

Dee said...

That last photo is phenomenal. I love those birds too ..... running from the waves they look so cute.

Cloudia said...

I love your shared sweetness, Eileen <3

Jeevan said...

Very interesting bird and nesting habit! Lovely capture on the Killdeer

RedPat said...

I love to hear them!

Jeanie said...

I love killdeer and don't often see them, though they're around here. Very nice shots!

happyone said...

Oh I do like killdeers and have seen quite a lot of them around here.
I like to see them run, I think they look like little road runners. : )

ellen b said...

Such an interesting name for that sweet looking bird. I like the stripes on the neck!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I was happy to see a killdeer in this post, Eileen. I never saw one before and now I'd know one if I did see it. Out community has two sections. and one side has streets named after local wildflowers, and the other section has streets named after local animals. One of the streets is Killdeer Lane and I was always curious about that name.

Rambling Woods said...

I love them but their nests here are so exposed...sorry about the linky problem....Michelle

Janneke said...

I ddon't know this bird, we don't have them here I think, but especially the little one is such a beauty cuty.
Regards, Janneke

William Kendall said...

Terrific shots! We have them here as well.

Caroline Gill said...

What a beautiful bird, Eileen. We occasionally see Ringed Plovers (usually in Scotland). Thank you for your kind comment on my puffins...

Martin Kloess said...

Is this bird really this pretty or are you that good?

Sue (this n that) said...

Thanks Eileen, I did enjoy your post. I love the markings on these birds.
Good wishes for a great week :D)

Michelle said...

Beautiful stripes on this bird. Nice photos, as always!!!

Linda W. said...

Such big eyes! I liked the striped neck too.

Rose said...

I do love them, too. Always glad to see them in the spring. You might find it fun to read the article I scanned in here: http://picsandpiecing.blogspot.com/2011/11/for-your-reading-pleasure.html

Right click on the photo and click to view in a new window...when you do that you can click on it again and easily read it. Roger and I cracked up when we read it years ago.

krishna said...

Beautiful pictures!!

Debbie said...

they are so cute - i wonder where their unusual name came from??

and let's be honest eileen, they are all favorites...we can't help it!! hehehe

beautiful captures!!!

Lady Fi said...

What lovely markings.

Amy Franks said...

I've never seen anything like them, they look very unusual.

Sue said...

Good Morning, Eileen (Remember me??)
So nice to see your Killdeer photos. We have a lot of them here, even though we don't have any water near us. I didn't realize they were a shorebird. Very interesting.
Hope your summer has been going well. I miss seeing your posts. Thought I'd pop in and say hello . We are home for a bit to harvest the garden. The search for "new digs" isn't going well (hooray!!). Anyways, enough of a novel. Have a great week!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

They have such worried eyes

Mary Cromer said...

Beautiful birds! I love their voice as they fly and flit around. We have them near us and often they will place their eggs right along side a walking path~

Nancy Chan said...

When I read the title, I thought it was a deer. I didn't expect to see a bird. This bird is new to me. It has beautiful eyes. Have a beautiful day!

Crafty Green Poet said...

what a lovely plover! Why are they called killdeer? Is it because of their call?

Phil Slade said...

Thanks for the meories of Killdeer Eileen. As I recall, and like most plovers, they are very vocal and I think the "killdeer" call is the origin of their name? Enjoy the rest of your birding week.

Missy George said...

They are very sweet..I think it's the big eyes...Hope you are having a good week..

Lowcarb team member said...

Great photo's Eileen, and they do have a sweet look about them.
Their markings are quite distinctive too aren't they.

Hope this week is going well for you.

All the best Jan

Christine said...

Really wonderful photos Eileen as their markings are very clear & I love their big eyes!
Thanks for sharing!

Our photos said...

What a cute bird, with his big eyes an black stripes !

Bob Bushell said...

Stunning pictures of the Killdeer, thanks for putting up Eileen.

Ateliê Tribo de Judá said...

Lindas fotos, amei o olhar desse pássaro sua sensibilidade captada através da tua captura, um clic mágico.

Beijos e boa semana.
Joelma

bettyl-NZ said...

These are lovely little birds. I never heard of or saw a plover until I moved to New Zealand and found some in the paddock next to the house :)

Uppal said...

Excellent pictures Eileen like always!

Lea said...

Great photos of the Killdeer! I always enjoy seeing them
Have a great day!

Linda Gross said...

I like when I see killdeer too. You shared nice pictures of the killdeer.

Julie @Dragonflygems said...

Hi from a new follow over in the UK. What a lovely blog you have.. it's great to see the different wildlife in another country. Great photos.

ann said...

WE have killdeer here around the water. They were always a childhood favorite. I always wondered whats or of home the sand and gravel made.

Breathtaking said...

Hello Eileen!:) Excellent captures of a killdeer. Plovers are one of my favourite shore birds,... it's their sweet little faces, but I have never seen a Killdeer. I didn't know they could nest far from the water.

Lynne said...

Love the sweet face of the one in the final pic . . .
Happy Bird Watching and Picture Taking!

Cranberry Morning said...

Beautiful photos, as usual! I love the little kildeer. It always seems so frenzied when it's trying to distract one from its nest with its fake broken wing. What a bird!

Denise inVA said...

A very cute and brave little bird. Great photos Eileen. Happy day to you :)

Small City Scenes said...

I love the Kildeer. One knows Spring is here when they show up. Always with a nest in one of the pastures. Hard to find though. Super shots of this one.
I am so glad to have a new computer----Whew!
MB

indah nuria Savitri said...

you always manage to capture those beautiful birds

Ranten said...

A lovely little bird that we are so lucky to have here as vel :-)) Happy week!

The Yum List said...

Your comments about the bird's shrill call make me want to hear it. I'm thinking it would be neat if blogs allowed a sound component where you could click and hear the sound of the animal.

Beatrice Euphemie said...

They are such pretty birds - we had a nesting pair in a vacant field nearby for years, until new owners moved in and put horses out in the pasture. Their cries really are sorrowful! Hope you are enjoying these last weeks of summer. xo Karen

September Violets said...

I've always enjoyed seeing the killdeers as we used to have them nest on our country lane going to the house. It's one bird that I just don't see here in town, and I missed their sweet call when I moved into town. You got some beautiful shots of them Eileen! I didn't realize their eyes were so "doe" like ;) very sweet!
Wendy

Bill said...

We had no killdeer here this year, but a couple of years ago we had a nest in our driveway. They like to lay their eggs in the gravel. :)

NatureFootstep said...

we have similar birds and they are so nice to watch :) Great shots Eileen :)

Klara S said...

I like the bear photo the most.
Thank you for hosting.

happyone said...

Wouldn't be great to be the light house keeper and live there!!!

Pat Tillett said...

A beautiful bird, and beautiful photos of it!

A Colorful World said...

I've always loved the way they draw people away rom their nest on the ground by feinting injury. Nice shots!

Les Fous du Cap said...

La dernière est fantastique ;-)
Céline & Philippe

Jeanne said...

Killdeer are one of my favorites too! They have such sweet little faces! I posted one last week with baby chick hiding under Mom.

Maggee said...

I can spot them easily now, because they have the TWO stripes, as opposed to the Semi-palmated Plovers who have one! I recently was at a place that had both... so cute! Thanks for sharing! Hugs!

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