Stumbled upon some Killdeer eggs in the cornfield on this Morning’s Walk. A Killdeer is a plover, which is a type of bird you usually find flitting about a shoreline.
From my Eastern Birds guide by James Coe: With round heads and stubby bills, plovers scurry about like wind-up toys, pausing stiffly between each dash. When poised, they seem to vanish; their camouflaged upperparts and boldly patterned breasts help mask their shape – a phenomenon called disruptive coloration. This particular plover has a white breast and double black bands, tawny rump and a fairly long tail. Widespread and conspicuous, especially in cultivated fields and pastures; often seen far from water, nesting even on gravel rooftops. It’s call is a loud, shrill kill-deer (to me it sounded screechy, click here for an image and to hear its call), repeatedly continuously.