Left: nesting female killdeer
While standing up in a wedding this weekend, I came across the ground-nesting bird pictured on your left. My later research led me to the conclusion that this is a killdeer, which is a non-passerine bird that prefers to live near marshes and bodies of water. Its nests, however, can be found quite a distance from feeding grounds.
The eggs of the killdeer are white with dark brown spots, and predators can easily mistake killdeer eggs for stones. The killdeer is also noted for its ability to fake injury in an effort to distract predators away the nest.