The Killdeer, the least water associated of all of the shorebirds, is a Robin - sized Plover with brownish-tan on top and white below. It has two distinctive black bands on it's white chest and it's face is black with white patches. The Killdeer spends it's time walking and running along the ground. It breaks into flight when it's disturbed and typically flies for just a short period with quick intermittent wing beats. Keep a lookout for Killdeer in open, low vegetation areas such as parking lots, pastures, large open lawns and of course golf courses.

Killdeer nest on the ground in an open area with good visibility. The nest is a essentially a small scraped depression in the sand, gravel or grass that is often lined with pebbles, grass or bits of debris. While on the nest, the Killdeer will attempt to lure away intruders by putting on a " broken wing" display and bringing the attention to the adult so the nest stays undisturbed. Once hatched, the young Killdeer leave the nest very soon and are able to feed themselves but are well taken care of by both the parents. The term "Precocial" is used to describe the young Killdeer as it has feathers, looks relatively mature and is mobile from the moment of hatching. Often times the parents can be observed calling and rounding up the young chicks far from the nest.

The diet of the Killdeer consists of small insects, earthworms, crayfish and snails and they can be observed briskly walking from spot to spot in search of the next meal.

Killdeers are nesting and have had many hatchlings all around the course at this time of the year. Keep your eyes out for the Killdeer along the many roadside bike paths, gravel parking lots and sidewalks here on the islands. There's a good chance you'll see this interesting and easily identifiable bird very soon.