House Cleaning....an unexpected Twist to a Nest Photo...

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Bernie Ewing

Great catch Greg and so well explained. Thank you.

Description
We never think of animals doing routine house cleaning do we...but birds that nest in cavities need to preform a basic "cleaning" in order to keep the nest habitable...Here is a description from Audubon...a fecal sac...A nestling turns its rear end to mom or dad and ejects a floppy white bag of poop encased in mucous: a fecal sac. The parent then flies away to dispose of it. Or scarfs it down as a snack. This is a Yellow Shafted Northern Flicker exiting from its nest carrying away one of her chicks sacs! I discovered her nesting location by accident, and have visited briefly twice, leaving her to raise her young successfully I hope!
Taken By
Greg McIntosh
Taken On
June 8, 2021
Tagged
fecal sac northern flicker bird forest tree yellow shafted nature wildlife ontario animal beak
  • Focal: 600
  • Lens Model: EF600mm f/4L IS II USM
  • Shutter speed: 0.003125 sec
  • Aperture: f/ 8

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