May 28, 2021
I took this picture of a Kildeer down in the marshy area where the Blue Trail meets the Reservoir. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology calls the Kildeer "the shorebird you can see without going to the beach" and it is related to Plovers that you might see at the ocean. Kildeer nest on the ground and I first learned about them when I lived on a farm where I could almost always find them on the ground near one of our hayfields. Like many ground nesting birds, the Kildeer will feign a wing injury to lure a predator away from it's well camouflaged nest. It's name comes from it's high and insistent call.