Spend any time out here near water and you will hear the Killdeer. They are quite vocal with their high-pitched sound and sometimes I can’t help but find myself wishing they would hush up so I could enjoy some peace and quiet. Haha. Don’t know what they sound like? See here.
Killdeer are a fixture on the Colorado plains this time of year, making lots of noise as their little ones emerge from their nests. They are quite skittish and I have gotten very few pictures of them.
This one however was very willing to let me take its picture, I suspect only because I was close to its nest. It alternated between making its infamous sound and ‘playing lame’ – a tactic the bird uses to lure prey away from its nest. I never did find where the nest was although I suspect I was quite close.
Kill what? A killdeer that is! While walking along the South Platte River earlier this week I came across a few of these. While I never saw any little ones, I suspect I must have come close to them given how agitated the pair seemed to be with my presence.
The killdeer is a common shorebird that lives year round in all but the coldest parts of the contiguous United States. It is very vocal and actually derives its name from the high-pitched sound it makes. It is also known to put on a ‘broken wing act’ to distract predators from its nest and lead them away.
You can read more about the killdeer and hear samples of its distinctive (annoying!) call here: http://bit.ly/Uxm4nw