The charadrius vociferus is a common sight along the Gulf Coast. Their high pitched calls are very distinct, so when I hear them I just follow the sound. Foraging on open ground with low or no vegetation, this species is the least water-associated of all shorebirds. They run in spurts, stopping suddenly every so often to check their progress, probably hoping to unearth an insect. These shorebirds are very skittish and scare easily. I always feel badly whenever I come upon them without realizing, causing them to shriek and fly away in fear.
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.