Two flickers faced off on the lower rail of a split rail fence this morning in the yard. I wasn't actively looking for the "mustache" that would mark either as a male, but think I would have noticed it as I observed the pair for almost ten minutes. My belief is that both were females.
While facing off not more than 8 inches apart, the birds would waggle their bills in unison from the level to the vertical, tho never actually touching bills. Either one would begin the activity, then the other would join in. This went on for 10 minutes until I had to leave...???
Last hummer sighting was on the 8th of an imm male that had been around for a while. I staked out the feeder for 45' and 30' the last two days in mornings, which has been effective in spotting them, but no luck.
Jim Speicher BroadRun/Burkittsville area [FR] Frederick County MD M.O.S. member, Washington [WA] Co Chapter
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