Do They Really Kill Deer? September 17, 2022

Upon pointing out a Killdeer to groups, I have heard this question many times. It does defy belief that a 10-inch-long bird could kill a deer which weighs between 100 and 400 pounds.

Killdeer
Killdeer
White-tailed Deer

Killdeer, like Chickadees and Whip-poor-wills, are named after the sound of their calls. “Kill-dee-er, Kill-dee-er.” We saw several today along the Humber River at Lambton Woods.

Killdeer
Killdeer
Killdeer
Killdeer
Killdeer

Other birds:

Double-crested Cormorant
American Black Duck (male)
Hairy Woodpecker (female)
Great Egret
Mourning Dove
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Egret
Great Egret
Hairy Woodpecker (female)
American Black Duck (female)
Great Egret
Hairy Woodpecker (female)
Mallard (male)
Great Egret
Turkey Vulture
Belted Kingfisher (female)
Great Egrets and Double-crested Cormorants
Belted Kingfisher (female)
Ring-billed Gull
Ring-billed Gull with food
Great Egret
Canada Goose
Killdeer and Ring-billed Gull

8am group:

11:30am group:

NATURE POETRY

A bee that was searching for sweets one day
Through the gate of a rose garden happened to stray.
In the heart of a rose he hid away,
And forgot in his bliss the light of day,
As sipping his honey he buzzed in song;
Though day was waning, he lingered long,
For the rose was sweet, so sweet.              – Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872–1906)

Miles Hearn

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