Well, I did take these pictures on a Tuesday but that’s OK. Yesterday the pair of Northern Yellow-shafted Flickers came back to the yard. They were perched in the same big Oak that they had been in the last time they were here a few days ago. My pictures of the birds in the trees were not great (very dark). I did get some good pictures of the male bird while it was on the ground poking around in the turf for grubs or earthworms. I had been trying to take pictures of the waterfowl when I noticed that one of the flickers had flown to the ground just about ten feet in front of me. I had to be very stealthy and still but managed to take a few clear pictures.
Northern Yellow-shafted Flickers are some of the larger woodpeckers. They have very long tail feathers with bright yellow shafts. They have a beige body with lots of black spots. Both genders have a small patch of red on the crown of their heads but the female does not have a mustache marking on its chin. These birds mainly eat insects but occasionally eat seeds nuts and bits of fruit. They like to eat on the ground which is a lot different from most of the other woodpeckers. I love seeing woodpeckers! I took these pictures in my yard yesterday afternoon. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photograph. Enjoy!