Windy but warm

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A Killdeer foraging for ephydrid flies in the warm thermal pools on what became a windy afternoon. The warm thermal pools allow the flies to thrive even in winter and provide birds like this Killdeer a tasty early winter meal on a blustery afternoon.

18 thoughts on “Windy but warm

  1. Oh that’s fascinating, I did not know that about thermal pools, flies, and birds in the winter, Mike. I love killdeer, and you’ve done a super job with capturing this individual.

    1. HI Jet, yes we almost always see one or more Killdeer foraging in the thermal pools of Yellowstone from late fall to late spring. There are also Chickadees and Townsend’s Solitaire that frequent the pools. A wonderful little ecosystem.

  2. We used to have a killdeer make its nest in our lane every year for a couple of years when we first moved in here! We had to mark it so no one would drive over it… its racket was worse than that of a wren!

    1. Hi and that made me laugh a bit. We have almost run over Killdeer nests as well along a couple of dirt roads. One was so close to the road when we pulled over to look we could see the eggs in the nest.

  3. Hi Graham, yes Killdeer got their name from their namesake discover Sir Richard Killdeer an early 18th century English naturalist. Have you heard of him?

    But really I found this on the Cornell University website:

    Killdeer get their name from the shrill, wailing kill-deer call they give so often. Eighteenth-century naturalists also noticed how noisy Killdeer are, giving them names such as the Chattering Plover and the Noisy Plover.

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