are very tolerant of human civilization,
and have even been known to nest in the midst of
heavy traffic areas, and in some urban areas have
even been known to nest on graveled rooftops.
Despite being classed as a "shorebird,"
killdeer prefer to nest in areas far from water.
palliatus) is distinguished from other
oystercatchers by its brownish back, which
contrasts with its black head, and in having
yellowish eyes surrounded by red eye-rings.
Gull (Larus ridibundus)
Despite its name, this
gull actually has a head that is more of a dark
brown than black. Narrow white crescents almost
meet behind the eyes but not in front, the back
is gray, the outer wing feathers are white with
black tips and blackish undersides, the tail is
white, and the bill and legs are dark red.
This is a medium-sized
wading bird, averaging about 12 inches in body
length. It is distinguished from other waders by
its long green legs and slightly up-turned bill.