The nest of a killdeer in a grass field near the edge of a pond.
This little guy and its mate were hanging out together on either side of the smaller pond at UBNA. It led us around for a little while before flying back to its mate and showing us the yellow patch above its tail.
Walking along the trail next to the construction site by a creek. Always stay 10 feet in front of me, but didn't fly off for a bit. 50 degrees F, cloudy.
For more information on the habitat and vegetation of the Union Bay Natural area, please see the journal entry for April 12, 2012 in my written journal and, for information on the weather of the day this was found, please see the journal entry for April 18, 2012 (Union Bay Natural Area) here on iNaturalist. At first, I thought this was a sandpiper because of its long legs, but I looked through species of sandpiper and realized that none of them have the same black and white stripes and red eyes that this individual does. Finally, I found that it could only be a killdeer. This little bird was only about a foot tall, with its long legs making up a little less than half of its height. This killdeer, like others, had a brown body with a white underside, red eyes, and large black stripes on its head and neck. Killdeer are common all over the western hemisphere and are considered shorebirds, though they often live far from water. This particular killdeer made its home on the edge of Union Bay, so it is one of its kind that actually lives near water. Killdeer make their nests in small depressions in the ground that are very well camouflaged as the eggs look like the stones the killdeer surround their nests with. Killdeer have a very interesting behavior to draw predators away from their nests. They will pretend to have a hurt wing, luring the predator toward it and away from its young. Once they are far from the nest, the killdeer will "heal" and fly away.
Picture taken by Olisavia Veliz, who accompanied me on this day and took a picture for me since my camera wasn't good enough to get this bird.
Tiny bird found by bank of marsh. Stood very still when it saw me for a long time before it dashed away.