A killdeer skittering across a sand bar or short grass field is one of Kansas’ first signs of spring. But we often see it a few weeks before our calendar announces the season on March 20
Most migrate for the winter and start showing up in Kansas in mid-February to early March.
Many will continue to migrate northward. Others will settle here, where females will eventually lay eggs on bare ground.
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Coming from those eggs will be some of the cutest chicks in Kansas, looking like fuzzy ping-pong balls on toothpick legs as they scurry to keep up with their ever-moving parents.
One of our most vocal shorebirds, their namesake “killdeer” cry is currently like music to the ears of all who are tired of winter.