While I was photographing the killdeer, a quick motion caught my eye. It was a bird I hadn’t seen before but is apparently fairly abundant. Most likely the reason I haven’t seen this bird before is because it blends in with its environment so well.
The Wilson’s snipe can be found on muddy shores or river banks which is where I found these birds. The most striking think about these birds is their long beak which they use to forage in the mud or shore for food. They are very skittish and would run away if they thought I spotted them.
The killdeer is a common bird throughout most of the United States. You will often see them at water’s edge running and pecking at the grounds searching for food. I came across these killdeer on the mudflats by the river.
The are a part of the plover family and can also be found in pastures and fields far away from water.
The killdeer get their name from the sound they make which supposedly sounds like “kill-deer.” I could hear them all around me and it certainly didn’t sound like “kill-deer” to me. But they are fairly vocal birds.