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Killdeer

KilldeerSize - 9 - 11 inches long.
Habitat - Pastures, plowed fields, riverbanks, mud flats, and airports.
Nesting - The nest is a scape in the ground, lined with bits of grass, pebbles, and stems.
Eggs - 3 to 5, buff, spotted with brown. Incubation 24 to 28 days, by both sexes. Young leave the nest soon after hatching; become independent at 25 days.
Food - Mainly insects, earthworms, and snails.

Black-necked Stilt

Black-necked StiltSize - 13 1/2-15 1/2 inches long.
Habitat - Shallow ponds and lakes, mud flats, and marshes.
Nesting - The nest is a shallow depression in the ground, lined with grass and debris.
Eggs - 3 to 5, buff, spotted with dark brown or black. Incubation 22-26 days, by both parents. Young leave the nest soon after hatching; independent in 4-5 weeks. Nest in colonies.
Food - Auquatic insects and snails.

American Avocet

American AvocetSize - 17-18 1/2 inches long
Habitat - Shallow ponds, mud flats, marshes, and flooded.
Nesting - The nest is a shallow depression lined with dry grass.
Eggs - 4, olive, spotted with brown. Incubation about 22-29 days, by both sexes. Young leave the nest soon after hatching; independent in 5 weeks.
Food - Aquatic insects.

Wilson's Phalarope

Wilson's PhalaropeSize - 8 1/2-9 1/2 inches long
Habitat - Marshes, coastal bays, and lakes.
Nesting - The nest is a grass lined hollow on the ground.
Eggs - 4, buff, spotted with brown and gray. Incubation 16-21 days, by male only. Leave the nest after hatching. Tended by male only.
Food - Insect larvae, shrimp, and seeds.

Marbled Godwit

Marbled GodwitSize - 16 to 20 inches long.
Habitat - Plains and prairies; tidal flat during migration and winter.
Nesting - The nest is a hollow concealed in grass.
Eggs - 4, greenish or olive, spotted with brown. Incubation 21 days. Young are independent in about 21 days.
Food - Insects, worms, crustaceans, and mullosks.





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