The Trio Treat

by peggy
(Knife River, Mn.)

About an hour prior to sunset and I heard some unusual peep like sounds on the gravel drive in front of my home. There were 3 flickers. Their behavior looked a bit like ritual mating dances (I will look that up next). They squatted low in the gravel, fluffed up thier chests, and rooted around (could have been ant eating). Very entertaining behavior. They fluffed, peeped, squatted and pecked as if bathing in the gravel, and put on a great show for about 30 minutes. I wish I had pictures to show you. I am glad I had my binoculars though.


Well wishes and happy viewing to all bird lovers out there.

Gratefully,
Northern Mn. flicker viewer at the woods edge,
Peg.


Comment

Aren't you lucky to witness these funny little fellows spread their tails and dance as they went courting. I think they like dancing because it gives them an opportunity to show off their feathers that are so different from any of their relations.

And yes ants are chiefly their diet. One flicker alone, can lick three thousand of them for a single meal out of a hill with his long, round, stick tongue. His curved bill is more like a pickaxe than a hammer.
Susan

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