Northern Flickers are such awesome birds! I see Red-shafted Northern Flickers pretty regularly in my Utah, Idaho, Oregon and Arizona birding (reporting them on 358 checklists on eBird). I got to see my first Yellow-shafted Flickers in Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia last fall. I love to see them in flight with the colorful underwings and their bold white rump. I catch them eating ants on the ground or screaming at me from the tree tops. They'll even occasionally visit my backyard bird feeders. Last year, one flicker unfortunately became the victim of my window, but it granted me some fascinating in-the-hand study of its massive bill, spotted breast, brown and black barred back, and stout tail feathers. Then I gave it a little funeral.
|On Tuesday, I photographed this Northern Flicker at my patch along the Jordan River in Salt Lake City. I'm always struck by the strong red malar stripe indicative of a male Red-shafted Flicker. But the red crescent on the nape triggered something in my brain that said "this bird is different!"|
Thursday, March 17, 2011
What kind of Northern Flicker?
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