Or at least, water nearby. This little beauty is the Killdeer. This is our largest ringed (9-11″) plover. As you can see, Killdeer are brown above, white below and have two black bands across the chest area. The bands are good field marks when trying to distinguish these plovers from others like the Semipalmated plover, which have only one.
In Oregon, we see these birds in plowed fields, golf courses and grassy parks. In Baja Sur, we find them near estuaries or even up arroyos wherever water may be. Killdeer lay 3-4 eggs but it’s hard for the little chicks to survive to become adults. Mom and pops try their best to keep predators away.
When danger approaches a nest or young chicks, good ole dad will pretend to be an injured bird. He’ll start making a loud racket, act like he has a broken wing and lure the danger (like a fox or bobcat) away. When dad (or mom) is far enough away from home, he’ll fly off singing Killdeer-Killdeer, dee-dee-dee!
Baby chicks cannot fly for quit a while so they depend on the smarts of their parents and their own speed to survive. Killdeer breed in both North and South America.