Beautiful sights

Beautiful sights
Horses at blue water Lake state park

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Night Stalker

Recently the Dingbats went to Wickenburg AZ for Gold Rush Days.  It's a lovely area, and is at a higher elevation so the scenery, wildlife and weather are different.  We loved it!

At night I would hear wind flapping, and hear the two syllable calling of a bird of some sort.  And not just calling, but it was also flying all around while calling!  This happened each night sometime before 10 pm.  As a birder, I was mystified because it could not imagine what owl, or nightjar this was  ( I knew their calls and had eliminated them).  I spent quite a bit of time on my computer, in my bird books, etc and still could not figure it out!  I had to let the brain cells work subconsciously while going on with life, but it was hard.

I finally did figure it out, and the bird was a Kildeer!  I had trouble figuring it out because I'm not used to hearing them after dark!

Killdeer Family
Mom and babies

When Taken:

May 13, 2010

I got this photo from the internet, and wanted to put it into the blog, so that the greyhound and other dog lovers out there will know what they look like. Birds don't cuddle with us, but we don't have to take them for walks, and pick up their poop, either!

Spring is such a wonderful time of change for the wild creatures.


  1. You always figure it out - I'd love to have that kind of birding knowledge! I got some good shots of Killdeer in New Mexico last May - they are a very distinctive bird, I love their markings. :)

  2. I'm glad you figured it out! I know it would drive me crazy until I figured it out, too! lol

  3. They look like what we call Ring Plovers.

  4. I've heard kildeer many times and seen them flying low across the fields near a nest, but would never have known what they looked like up close. Such long legs for a small bird.


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