Killdeers are the first shorebirds to arrive each year. They have been reported from around the region for a week now. This year, some encountered ice.
A frozen pond did not prove as inviting to an arriving killdeer as would a watery shoreline.
It decided to go elsewhere, but taking off from ice proved to be a dignity-destroying affair.
It regained its footing only to look like a beginning skater.
Finally airborne, it chirped its displeasure with ice in late March.