It’s On the Ground! It’s in the Air! It’s a Killdeer!

By Kristi Butler What is a killdeer? It is one cool bird. Where on earth did it get that name? Other people wondered that, too. Most likely it comes from its call — a high, drawn out “Keeee” or Kill-dee.” Does it actually kill deer? No way! It makes the call to communicate with other killdeer and with people. The killdeer doesn’t nest in trees. They lay their eggs right on the ground. Sometimes they are in the “natural areas” of your yard, like in wood chips or pine straw. You might even find them in the middle of a cow pasture, a golf course, a ball field, the gravel beside a railroad track or even in the rocks of a parking lot! Because they are level with the ground and the eggs look like speckled stones, they seem to blend in and are often...

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