Date: 10/11/18 11:11 am From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Oddball Flicker behavior & hummer gone?
That description fits - was inside so no clue as to any verbalization...
Thanks for the Stoker reference.
On 10/11/18, Jim Nelson <kingfishers2...> wrote: > The Stokes Nature Guide, "A Guide to Bird Behavior" is a good resource > for information on bird behavior. Volume I (1979), includes the > then-named "Common Flicker". What you described sounds like what they > refer to as "head-bobbing." Here is some of what they have to say about > it: > > "Head-bobbing is the most common visual display of Flickers...It occurs > most in spring and then is seen again in fall just before the birds > migrate south. When it is done between a male and a female, it concerns > courtship; when it is done between two birds of the same sex, it is > generally competition for a mate or, more rarely, is a territorial > dispute." They say it is usually accompanied by the "woikawoikawoika" > call. > > I have seen such displays between pairs, threesomes or foursomes, and > two birds of the same sex at different times.
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