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Killdeer Alphabet Crazy

Almost stepped on these Killdeer bird eggs next to my gravel driveway last year. Amazing how the killdeer birds will lay their eggs on the ground.

Gravel is the word I chose for Alibb’s Alphabet Crazy “G” challenge for today.

I learned about these shorebirds a couple of years ago. They make noises all through the night. 

I read about these birds and found out some interesting facts.

The killdeers get along well with humans. These shorebirds are least associated to water (unlike their names) and can even be found in uplands that are far away from water. They are found in fields and playgrounds, mudflats, rooftops, unpaved roads, sandbars, parking lots, croplands, pastures, and around all places inhabited by man. 

However, by virtue of their instinct, they also appreciate water edges and are found hovering around lakes, ponds, rivers and other wetlands.

Photo ©CarolDM

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31 Points

Written by Carol DM


  1. Many bird species are quite happy to lay their eggs among pebbles, and the fact that they have survived to the present day shows that the technique works – or at least it has done so far. Unfortunately, sudden changes in environmental conditions can catch species out and cause their extinction.

  2. There’s a great spot for birding not too far from my house. Over 325 species have been sighted there. Once I accidentally wandered too close to a Killdeer nest and one of the parents tried to lure me away with the “broken wing” trick.

  3. This Killdeer bird is like the NZ Dotterel but much thinner. And the NZ Dotterel lay their eggs in the sand on the ground by the beach. Because of the fact we have pests such as ferrets, stoats and weasels, cats and dogs and even people…they are an endangered species because before people arrived their were no predators.