[CT Birds] ? about flicker behavior - Bob Jase, New Britain

Roy Harvey rmharvey at snet.net
Mon May 7 13:15:19 EDT 2012

Perhaps it was taking a dust bath, or anting, or spreading the wing to let sunlight in.  All these can be used to control parasites.

Roy Harvey
Beacon Falls, CT

--- On Mon, 5/7/12, busterggi at aol.com <busterggi at aol.com> wrote:
> Last Thursday on my way home after work I spotted a flicker
> on a sidewalk on its belly & acting injured (flopping
> around, spreading just one wing) so I pulled over to see if
> I could help it.  It apparently took off while I was
> backing the car up because it was gone when I got
> there.  Next day, in almost the same place was the same
> flicker (I assume) doing the same thing.  This time I
> kept a eye on it while backing up & before I even
> stopped the car it was up on its feet & took off to
> perch in a nearby tree.
> Now I know some birds will act distressed if there is a
> threat in the area to distract the threat from its nest but
> I saw no threats (cats, dogs, children) around & neither
> did the robins that were only a few feet away from the
> flicker.  Any idea as to what it was doing would be
> appreciated.

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