Killdeer at Kelley Park on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Killdeer at Kelley Park on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
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Today’s Photo of the Day is courtesy of a handsome Killdeer at Kelley Park, spotted on our drive around the Old Mission Peninsula a couple of days ago. There were two Killdeer on the beach, so I’m guessing maybe they were mates…?

According to The Cornell Lab’s All About Birds website, Killdeer nest on the ground in open areas like sand bars, and sure enough, this one ran around the beach a bit and then settled into a little hole in the sand.

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Killdeer at Kelley Park on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Killdeer at Kelley Park on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Killdeer at Kelley Park on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Killdeer at Kelley Park on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Killdeer nesting at Kelley Park on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Killdeer nesting at Kelley Park on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo

Neither of the birds seemed all that happy about me being there, so I shot the photos from a distance with my long lens.

As we reported last week, a public hearing for the DNR lease at Kelley Park is coming up at the Township Board meeting on Tuesday, April 13, at 7 p.m. (in person at the Township Hall and also streamed at the bottom of the home page of the Township website). The park has been identified as a wetlands area by the DNR, so whatever happens there will need to be carefully orchestrated.

Read more about the public hearing here, and view a draft of the lease in the meeting packet on the Township’s website here.

After a bit of back and forth over the past couple of years, a boat launch is once again included in the lease, but it’s not quite a done deal until the public hearing passes and everything is signed.

If you are at Kelley Park, tread carefully in the area to the right of the pavilion on the beach, as that’s where the Killdeer’s nest is located.

Killdeer at Kelley Park on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Killdeer at Kelley Park on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Killdeer at Kelley Park on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Killdeer at Kelley Park on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo

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