While we were recently in Nashville TN, we had one day to take in a little nature. We spent some time on the trails at Shelby Bottoms Park, a 960-acre park just south of downtown Nashville. The park has a nice variety of habitat, from riverfront and pond, to field and hardwood forest. We accumulated 30 different birds during our walk there, including a really good show put on by a Killdeer.
We encountered this Killdeer in a large field, calling loudly and showing a variety of defensive displays. Perhaps the path took us too near the nest, which is often not much more than just a little scrape in the ground. Killdeer are known for their broken-wing display, acted out away from the nest to draw our attention away.
What an attractive bird they are, with their suit of brown, white and black. What big eyes they have too, ringed with a bright red eye ring.
We moved on fairly quickly to let them get back to their nest, at least until the next park visitor came along the winding path through its home field.