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Northern Yellow Shafted Flickers are really neat Woodpeckers!  They feed on the insects in the bark of trees, and also browse along the ground for tasty insect treats.  They are beautiful tan black and yellow medium sized birds with that long stout very pointed bill that most Woodpeckers have.  I saw these two Flickers in the same general area of my street a few days ago just after a morning thunderstorm had ended.  Each of the birds was about three houses away in distance from the other.  There must have been lots of tasty bugs up on the surface of the ground due to that rain.  The photograph of the adult Flicker in flight really shows those yellow-tinged wing feathers.  The juvenile flicker was first on the ground hunting for insects, and then seeing me, fled to the safety of its tree.  The adult flicker was up on the telephone pole and then quickly flew off into the huge nearby trees.  Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger photo.  Enjoy!





Comments on: "Northern Yellow Shafted Flickers in July" (4)

  1. Hi Linda, We have them here –but I haven’t seen them lately… They must all be down your way now…

    Great pictures.

    • Hi Betsy, Yes, I think so! I saw the same adult Flicker just last night at abut 6:00 on that same telephone pole. Guess it must “Own” that spot! Thanks for all your nice comments.

  2. Flickers are great birds. I remember they had a big effect on my way back when I was a kid. That’s a great photo of the Flicker in flight! Nice job!

    • Hi Montucky, Thanks for the kind comments. I am so glad you enjoy the blog. There seems to be a small flock of Flickers in a particular area just about a half block in distance from my home. There are huge trees everywhere here which is likely why we have such an abundance of woodpeckers. Thanks again for your comments!

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