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Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Charadriidae
Genus: Charadrius
Species: vociferus


3 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives


This bird has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Vincent, Alabama
Huntington Beach, California
Denver, Colorado
Cocoa Beach, Florida
Mims, Florida
Trenton, Florida
Anna, Illinois
Cherry Valley, Illinois
Yale, Iowa
Benton, Kentucky
Hebron, Kentucky
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Iowa, Louisiana
Caribou, Maine
Dixfield, Maine
Linthicum Heights, Maryland
Worcester, Massachusetts
Madison Heights, Michigan
Paw Paw, Michigan
Royal Oak, Michigan
Traverse City, Michigan
Albertville, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Golden, Mississippi
Conway, Missouri
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Dayton, Ohio
Geneva, Ohio
Norman, Oklahoma
Bend, Oregon
Belton, South Carolina
Taylors, South Carolina
Elizabethton, Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas (2 reports)
Granger, Texas
Katy, Texas
Walkerton, Virginia
Shelton, Washington
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

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Member Notes:

Positive Malus2006 On Apr 28, 2009, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN
(Zone 4a) wrote:

Seem like population of this bird is increasing - i have seen them more commonly at malls, very open spots such as parks, etc but they definitely prefer malls to parks for some reason - maybe because of planted shrubs.

Neutral Killdeerlover On Jun 3, 2009, Killdeerlover from Iowa, LA
(Zone 8b) wrote:

Need some killdeer advice. I love these strange little birds and look forward each year to finding their nests and waiting for their eggs to hatch. The latest nest I found was 2 days ago, in my gravel driveway, with 1 egg. I marked the nest with a little flag and a couple of larger rocks nearby to keep it from being run over. Yesterday, there were 2 eggs. Today, the nest is empty with no sign of mom and dad. Did I interfere too much? Think a snake got the eggs? Surely the birds could not have moved them on their own, could they? Plus mom must have a couple more eggs to lay. Any ideas?

Positive ChiliMaster On Apr 11, 2010, ChiliMaster from Lake Geneva, WI wrote:

The killdeers are also now very active locally

Positive gardeningfun On Apr 17, 2010, gardeningfun from Harpersfield, OH
(Zone 5a) wrote:

We have tons of these birds living all over our housing division. We are in a rural area near Lake Erie. We have a retention pond in the back acre and they love it there. They build nests right in the grass, but love the more grassless areas. I have been told that they love dirt mounds and any site where they have torn up ground for building and they blend into the area better then. I have a nest in my garden now (It likes the mulch), with 2 eggs left (there were 4). They are only 25 feet from my front door there and don't seem to mind the traffic. They have never had a nest this close to our house before. At first the mom would screech and run around with her 'pretend' broken wing to distract us and get us away from the nest, but over a couple days, she calmed down and just would sit on the nest as i would come and go with my 2 dogs. She left the nest when we hit 84 degrees on Thursday and we haven't seen her since. An egg disappeared that day, also. I don't know how the 2 surviving eggs will do with our temperatures dropping like they have into the low 30's today and tomorrow. We are expecting some snow. THIS IS JUNE 2014 NOW- They have built nests under our pine trees, in the mulch. Also in every garden bed they have nested. They seem to live the mulch.

Neutral audsrz On Jan 5, 2011, audsrz from Traverse City, MI
(Zone 5a) wrote:

Well camoflouged to it's chosen nesting habitat, I rarely know I am aproaching a nest until I get the usual killdeer dance. The adult bird watching the nest will lure predators away pretending to be wounded then fly off once you are beyond the nesting area.

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