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