Thursday, April 12, 2012

K is for ...



Killdeer!

Okay, why is the  killdeer called  killdeer? Because when scientists first heard its call, it sounded like it was saying, "killdeer." Funny, isn't it?

These birds nest flat on the ground! Imagine that? I wonder how they survive predators. I found this clip on youtube, do you think  its defensive tactics work  very well? After a long display of "broken" wing tricks, if the predator doesn't leave, it flies away. Me thinks, what about them eggies?





What sort of cool birds live in your area?

16 comments:

  1. The name makes sense when you explain it. I was thinking it didn't look like it was capable of killing a deer!

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  2. Awwww they look like sandpipers! I;m so sorry Elizabeth but I wish these well meaning people filming this poor mama bird would have just stayed at the safest distance possible and not frightened it off its nest. It was obviously in distress and they kept filming! Poor mama! I say this again, they nest where they have always nested before anyone decided it was ok to build houses on their nesting site! I shall go away and calm down now! LOL!

    Take care
    x

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  3. To answer your question, no, there are no birds arounf here where I live that are that creative and clever!
    Nice video!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Best wishes,
    Anna
    Anna's A-Z, the letter K

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  4. These have got to be the most annoying birds. They would lay eggs on the kickball field during elementary school and when we would get close, those dang birds would chase us down.

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  5. Awww. The poor thing was sounding off looking at the people like, "Please! Just back off!"

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  6. Thanks for stopping by my blog I am glad you liked my post for today. That is a very odd noise for a bird to make by the way. What is another animal that makes weird sounds? I can't think of it right now and it's on the tip of my tongue oh mocking birds. Cause they apparently can mock you.

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  7. Thanks for stopping by my blog I am glad you liked my post for today. That is a very odd noise for a bird to make by the way. What is another animal that makes weird sounds? I can't think of it right now and it's on the tip of my tongue oh mocking birds. Cause they apparently can mock you.

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  8. Very, very interesting and fun to read about! It is amazing how much I am learning during this challenge.

    Konstanz Silverbow
    nothoughts2small.blogspot.com
    A to Z C-host
    www.a-to-zchallenge.com

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  9. Funny I should come to your blog today when on my morning walk I saw a beautiful brown bird with a bright red breast. I'm not a bird person, but this one really caught my eye. Nice post!

    ScribblesFromJenn
    Happy A to Z-ing!

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  10. Funny bird! And I love how these things get their names.

    T.x

    Tessa's Blurb and The Book Bunnies

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  11. I've never heard of this bird before. In my area, we have very common birds, like robins, sparrows, blackbirds etc

    Although, I hear the bird population is diminishing each year. Very sad.

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  12. That is funny, its name. I see parrots outside the window. Hm, that's unusual. The crows flying about are more common.....

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  13. They are wonderful birds. Such fun to watch.

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  14. that is cool. And nothing near to the killdeer cool here. Just us woodpeckers.

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  15. I just saw for the first time 3 vulchers. They are the size of a child. I was so scared.

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