Kildeer are infrequent visitors here at the little farm. These shorebirds are also found far inland in areas such as my own little farm in Tennessee. The Kildeer are medium-sized birds that are about the size of an American Robin or a Blue Jay. Kildeer have long legs, and a long sharp bill. They are white, brown and black. The Kildeer eat insects and worms. They love hunting for bugs in cultivated gardens but also like gravel driveways, ball fields, and cattle pastures. Their song sounds like their name, a two-syllable “Kill-deer”.
This is the third time I have seen any Kildeer here at the little farm. I think more Kildeer may live next door in a grassy lawn or maybe also across the pond at the large cattle pastures there. Kildeer often try to lead predators away from their nests (on the ground) by pretending to be wounded and running away from the nest site. Many times, this ruse is successful. Clever birds! I enjoyed seeing this bird and taking its picture on March 27, 2012 in my yard. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!