[Tweeters] Courting Northern Flickers?
paul.bannick at gmail.com
Mon Mar 16 15:13:46 PDT 2009
What a great spectacle to witness. I have a photo of one such
encounter in my book. I think you will find that these encounters are
typically between members of the same sex while the bird(s) of the
opposite sex look on.
Male and femail courtships have their own steps and moves.
On Mon, Mar 16, 2009 at 12:34 PM, PC Kennedy <pcflyer at comcast.net> wrote:
> For the third time in a week, a small group of Northern Flickers -- three,
> four, maybe even five -- are apparently courting in my yard. Quite a sight
> to see these large birds chase each other from fence to tree branch to trunk
> and back. Sometimes one flashes its tail while perched, spreading it wide
> and showing the scalloped edges of the lower feathers and a lot of bright
> red color. Today I was noticing that the tail spreading included beak
> thrusting, where the bird pokes his/her beak straight up, higher and higher
> into the air. One of the birds (smaller and less animated) mostly just
> watches the others. Maybe this one is a juvenile?
> It is great fun to watch but does give credence to the accusation that
> birdwatchers are voyeurs.
> PC Kennedy
> Gig Harbor, WA
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