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I saw two flickers do something interesting after work today in Kennedy 
Woods in Forest Park.

Here's the set-up:

There was a dead bare tree broken off at the top and a nest cavity about a 
foot from the top. A starling was perched on top. The two flickers were 
sitting perched on a bare branch about 4-5 feet down from the top. They were 
both facing the same direction (away from me) with their tail feathers 
fanned. They would sit like that for a few seconds and then face each other 
and bob and weave their heads at each other over the top of the branch. Then 
they would stop in their start positions, wait several seconds and then do 
it again. They repeated this process over and over. They made a bubbly sound 
as they did it.

Any ideas on what they were doing? Mating display? Courting ritual? 
Territorial display?

Shawn Clubb
Collinsville, Madison Co., Ill.
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