Before the day turned cloudy Monday, I walked through the lowlands listening to the birds, looking for seeds and flowers and enjoying the cool. When I rounded a corner to enter the Jewels of the Caribbean collection, there he was: a beautiful solitary Killdeer. A red eye ring and two dark bands on his throat distinguish this plover from Wilson’s Plover. He and his fellow Killdeer winter in South Florida, and he appeared to be out for the enjoyment of the day just as I was. Bird experts say this bird is the least likely shore bird to be found next to water, though he was strolling through the grass next to Center Lake. After a cordial few minutes of looking at each other, we went out ways.
A handsome fellow with russet in his tail and matching eye ring