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The Northern Yellow-Shafted Flicker woodpecker sometimes comes around my yards.  At least one Flicker lives in a hollowed-out Oak Tree down the street and on occasion comes to my suet feeder.  That same bird sometimes also hunts for insects in the Hickory Trees or the Oaks here and will once in a while browse on the ground for bugs and worms.  The Northern Yellow-Shafted Flicker is a large woodpecker with a beige body and head that has dark brown spots.  The male has a black mustache-like marking on its chin.  The Northern Yellow-Shafted Flicker has faintly mustard-yellow colored shafts on its large tail feathers.  These yellow shafts can be seen from the underside at the ends of the tail feathers.  The Northern Yellow-Shafted Flicker has a very loud siren-like call that sounds a lot like that of the Pileated Woodpecker.  I am always pleased to see these lovely big woodpeckers.  I am really crazy about all of the woodpeckers.  As a species, all of the woodpeckers are pretty-much my favorite birds!  I took these pictures from my windows on February 14, 2011.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Comments on: "A Northern Yellow-Shafted Flicker Makes an Appearance" (8)

  1. Glad your Northern Flicker finally came to your suet feeder, Linda… I know that all of the woodpeckers love Suet…. Bet he’ll keep coming back!!!!!

    Have a good Sunday.

    • Hi Betsy, I think you are right about the Flicker coming back around. My husband thinks he saw the Flicker here this morning early. Have a wonderful day and keep you eye on the weather late tonight and tomorrow as we may be having a little bumpy windy rainy T stormy weather (or not???).

  2. We’ve had one that has been coming every day for the past week. I had never seen one before and it took me a while to figure out what it is. It is such a striking bird! It loves hanging out on the suet feeder. You got some great photos.

  3. You got some great pictures! We used to have a lot of these around, they would come to the yard to eat. But I haven’t seen any in a few years and I don’t know why. They are spectacular when they fly, but I have never heard that call.

  4. I like woodpeckers a lot too. The Yellow Shafted isn’t native to our area, but the Red Shafted is very common (and very welcome in my yard)! They are among the prettiest birds.

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