A tactic in baseball; or was that football? Sounds like punting, which is also rowing, possibly in murky waters. Going for the easier and smaller goal.
Also, something brightly colored. Drapery for political parades. Often made of crepe. Sometimes appearing as a swag. Could be DIY.
Or, a colorful kind of bird. Includes corn, reed, cirl, painted, lazuli, indigo, cape, lark, snow.
Also, a thing cats do with their heads: affection without fluids, proximity without visibility. Also known as head bonks.