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Jeff Lampe
Jeff Lampe

Jeff Lampe has been outdoor writer at the Journal Star in Peoria for 12 duck seasons. He lives in Elmwood with his wife Monica, sons Henry, Victor and Walter, and Llewellin setter Hawkeye. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he is an avid fan of the Bills and still has mental scars from four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Outside of hunting and fishing, Lampe's main passion in Illinois was Class A boys basketball (which sadly no longer exists). Former publisher of the Class A Weekly newsletter, Lampe is a co-author of "100 Years of Madness" and "Classical Madness," both books focusing on prep basketball in Illinois.

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July 30: Picture of the Day

July 30, 2010 at 06:02 PM

Unlike every other adult killdeer I’ve encountered in the past few months, this little youngster didn’t fly away as soon as I approached. Ran back and forth along the ditch, but did not take off.

His parents were another story. One of them was frantically trying to lure me away with the old broken wing trick. Fun to watch.

These common shorebirds can be found all over Illinois.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s wonderful Web site says this about killdeer chicks: “Killdeer chicks hatch with a full coat of buffy down feathers and a single black breast band. They can walk out of the nest as soon as their feathers dry.”

Click here to learn more about them.

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