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    ^^ And why did it cross the road?
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    Quote Originally Posted by progmatist View Post
    ^^ And why did it cross the road?
    Because it was stapled to the chicken.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ronmac View Post
    I saw what I believe was a killdeer walking across the street this afternoon.
    Indeed. Ever see their "broken wing" routine?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nearfest2 View Post
    Indeed. Ever see their "broken wing" routine?
    The broken wing routine is common among plovers. (I believe the kildeer is a plover? Looks almost identical to the African "three banded plover".)

    We often had pied or blacksmith plovers nesting in a lot across the road, and you could tell when they had chicks by their behavior. Their nests were barely a scratch in the ground, and hard to find.

    So we'd sometimes walk across the road and start looking for the nest (carefully) - and the birds dive bombed us! Scary as heck - screeching, claws out, it looked like they were ready to scratch our eyes out and we had to duck at the last minute. Also - they were more likely to dive bomb kids than adults. They seemed to have a bit more respect for bigger humans.

    Then, when we were getting close to the nest, they'd start the broken wing routine. But they're pretty dumb. They'd drag a wing on the ground and hop in a certain direction - obviously trying to draw us away from the nest - so I would simply step in the opposite direction.

    The chicks were incredibly cute, and could run around when just a few days old. They looked like dusky cotton-wool balls on legs that were so long and thin and moved so fast that it looked like they were dust-bunnies hovering above the ground.

    We never stayed there for more than a minute or so, as we didn't want to stress the birds any more.
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    Killdeer (left) - Three banded plover (right)

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    Blacksmith plover (bigger than kildeer or 3-banded plover) - the kind that nested across the road from my house.



    Pied plover (bigger than kildeer or 3-banded plover) - also nested across the road from my house.

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    Identified by sound and binoculars in our backyard this morning: an Eastern Wood-Pewee. A first for us!
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    ^^ Right now is probably a great time for birding. Wildlife in general has been flourishing with the Covid lockdowns.
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    Quote Originally Posted by progmatist View Post
    ^^ Right now is probably a great time for birding. Wildlife in general has been flourishing with the Covid lockdowns.
    Not really. It's just that more people are outside noticing its splendor!

    The best time for birding here (SE PA) was May 1 to May 20. The weather was very conducive for migration and we saw a lot of warblers and other migratory birds. We are now entering the summer lull.

    My crown jewel was this Mourning Warbler (life bird #531).
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    ^^ Beautiful shot!
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    Birders

    Ok birders, what is this bird I photographed in Piney Orchard Preserve near Odenton MD:
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    ^ Yellow-crowned night heron.
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    Similar markings as a yellow-crowned night heron, though the neck seems more slender.

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    It's Yellow-crowned Night Heron. Note the light yellow cap and tendrils and the facial markings. Black-crowned Night Herons are bulkier, have blue-black cap and thicker bill.

    Great bird, BTW.
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    Thanks folks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nearfest2 View Post

    Great bird, BTW.
    I thought only the Great Blue Herons were great. These are Pretty Good Yellow-Crowned Night Herons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave (in MA) View Post
    I thought only the Great Blue Herons were great. These are Pretty Good Yellow-Crowned Night Herons.
    *thwack*

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