Mating dance? Territorial dispute? A bizarre and fascinating bird thing?
Yes...definitely the last one. Perhaps one of the others.
Yesterday, these two birds spent about 15 minutes doing their thing in our yard. They chose a stump from one of our recently removed trees as their stage. And they performed.
Sometimes one - or even both - would run off into the grass, but they never ventured far from the stump. And the ritual never ceased.
They sang. They danced. They bobbed and weaved.
There was lots of posturing and tail flaring.
And it was fascinating to watch.
I'm no avian expert. I have no idea what kind of birds they are. Perhaps a Ruby-Headed Grass Dancer. Or a Flair-Tailed Stump Hopper. Maybe some dear reader can identify our little friends. But if you have to look it up in Black-Throated Stump Dancers of Connecticut, Volume III, don't go pretending like you knew it all along.
Eventually, they both took off and the yard was quiet again.