(Photo of Kildeer in Flight by Mykola Swarnyk, Wikimedia Commons)

The other night I stepped outside for a minute and was immediately mesmerized, a quiet smile suffusing my heart. The kildeer were calling as they swooped over the rail yard across from my house in Baltimore.

Although kildeer ( Charadrius vociferus) are year-round residents in Maryland, they breed from mid-March to mid-August-and depending on where you are, you will hear their unmistakable piercing call at various times during the day and into the night.

Richard Karel

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