Killdeer are classified as shorebirds. There is a small flock of Killdeer living on the opposite side of the pond from my place. This past Spring, there were a number of these birds nesting in the grass over here on this side of the water. I have not seen or heard from the Killdeer in many months. Yesterday I heard the birds and spotted several standing in about an inch of water over near where the cows often wade. One flew over to my yard and stood on a large flat, low rock.
These birds like large, very low rocks as they like the warmth. They are insect eaters so they may also be finding insects near the rocks. I took these long-distance pictures yesterday in my yard. By the way, these birds are found near both fresh and salt water all over the United States. They also will live inland in pastures that may be miles from a body of water. Killdeer are about the same size as a Pigeon or a smaller Sea Gull. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!