This Northern Yellow-Shafted Flicker was constantly calling and singing away, hidden from view in the gulch area or in the woodlands just in front of my property here at the little farm. It was driving me crazy because I so wanted to see this bird and take its picture. Well, on March 11, 2012, the bird cooperated with my wishes. First, it was up at the top of a pecked-up limb of a pond-side Oak. The bird quickly flew to the ground and started to hunt for insects on the dam. It was right at the fence that separates my farm from the neighbor property.
This Northern Yellow-Shafted Flicker is a male. It has a black mustache marking on its face. Both genders have a red patch on the back of their heads. These birds primarily enjoy a meal of insects, but also will readily eat acorns, nuts, and berries. The Northern Yellow-Shafted Flickers like to eat on the ground. At times, they will take food back to storage caches in the hollows of tree trunks or cracks in bark to enjoy a quick meal at a later time. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!