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Old Mar 25, 2014, 8:08 PM   #1
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We're seeing some new birds, and new bird activity, with the return of springtime to East Tennessee!

Killdeer are already on the nest. This one, spotted by some sharp-eyed first graders at a nearby school, was sitting on four eggs.
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Old Mar 25, 2014, 8:10 PM   #2
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Here's one of our many spring migrants. We only see the Horned Grebes at the home park lake for a few days each March. This one already has its summer plumage.
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But this one must be an immature bird - still looks like the winter plumage. These grebes are just as shy as our (much more abundant) Pied Billed Grebes. And they're just as good at diving and swimming away underwater!
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Hope to have more views of our springtime feathered friends to share. Thanks for any comments & critique!
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Nice stuff Mole, I like the Grebe shots and the closeups of the Killdeer
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Thanks so much for the kind words! Horned Grebes were only here for a few days, have already moved on...
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Really nice Killdeer photos. Were the Killdeer near the school? I understand they are ground-nesting birds that can be out in the open.
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MacBook - Yes, Killdeer nest on the ground, or sometimes on a flat roof. This one was right in the backyard of the school, just a few hundred feet from the back door!
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The very next day I was out in the evening and captured some photos of killdeer! I am not using a Pentax, so I hope you will excuse the link to the photo, and it is not nearly as well done or clean as yours, but it was a funny coincidence! This is a pretty heavy crop as the bird was quite a distance. I was trying out a recently purchased used lens as well as 2x digital enhancement.

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