Photo of the Week: Thriving juvenile Killdeer

A member of the public brought this orphaned baby bird into our bird center in Fairfield, CA on May 27. It weighed only 12 grams. Today he weighs 60 grams, and will be released as soon as he can fly.

From the plover family, Killdeers are common to farmlands, lawns, golf courses, athletic fields, and parking lots. They are useful to farmers because it has a large appetite for pests. Killdeers are classified as shorebirds, although they are often found some distance from water.

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