Field Guide to Jetty Island

July 10, 2011
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Killdeer Charadrius vociferus The tawny shorebirds sprint across the sand in spurts. They often nest in tall grasses. When a predator comes too close, the mama killdeer will lure it away from her eggs by feigning a broken wing. The birds earn their name from their call, which sounds like an excited “kill-deer.” Spot around Jetty Island’s lagoon. (Annie Mulligan / For The Herald)

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