As to the 2nd question, I would say it was carrying a fecal sac. The young present their eliminations in a membrane and the adults remove them in this easier way to avoid having other predatory birds know there were live young in that location.
As to the 1s question, I have to leave that for those who know.
On 2014-05-26, at 5:08 PM, Martha McClintock wrote:
> 1. Is it our imagination or is the number of waterfowl really low this
> 2. Today, we watched a flicker enter a nest cavity three times and leave
> carrying, what appeared, to be an egg. What was the flicker doing...
> stealing another bird's eggs, moving the egg to a better nest site, or did
> we imagine what we saw?
> Martha and Bill
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