Tag Archives: Charadrius vociferus

Melanins

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Social Signaling A book I received for Christmas got me interested in melanins in bird feathers. Melanins are pigments found in most organisms. Their chemistry is complex and their functions in many organisms are not understood. In birds they are … Continue reading

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2016 Killdeer Chicks

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Each spring one (or more) killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) pair use our gravel driveway to lay their eggs. Killdeer build scrape nests, which are a simple depression on the ground with minimal lining where the female killdeer lays her buff eggs, … Continue reading

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2015 Killdeer Chicks

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Over two days the four killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) eggs in the scrape nest located on our driveway (Modoc County CA) hatched. I was surprised to see the early hatchlings wander about near the mother while she continued to incubate the … Continue reading

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Worried Mother

The female killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) on the nest in our driveway is  accustomed to Leonard and me and will usually not respond when we walk nearby.  However, on rare occasions she will decide to perform her “broken-wing display” to lure … Continue reading

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Killdeer Scrape Nest

Kildeer (Charadrius vociferus) make “scrape” nests in open habitat. The male kildeer scrapes or scratches a shallow depression with its feet. The female lays eggs in the bare scrape. Only after the eggs are laid will the killdeer add a … Continue reading

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Interesting Assemblage

An interesting collection of birds at Ash Creek Wildlife Area (Modoc County CA) – l to r: long-billed dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus), killdeer (Charadrius vociferus), red-winged blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) and willet (Tringa semipalmatus). The dowitcher will continue its spring migration to … Continue reading

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Killdeer Chicks

Although I often find and observe killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) nests, the chicks always manage to hatch when I am not around or gone for the day. My friend, Rockie, has monitored a killdeer nest near the Lookout Post Office (Modoc … Continue reading

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