The Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker woodpeckers have been quite elusive around my yards in recent months. I rarely hear or see them but yesterday was a fantastic opportunity to see these big woodpeckers! I got to see two Flickers together out in the grass next to the pond. I think that both are young but not juveniles because they are on the smaller side. My husband mowed the grass around the pond two days ago and it rained yesterday just before I took these pictures. The easier access to insects and the moist conditions made it perfect for the woodpeckers to hunt. I was very surprised to see an Eastern Chipmunk over with the woodpeckers.
The Northern Yellow-shafted Flickers are big Woodpeckers. Males have a black mustache marking on their face, but females do not. Both primarily eat insects but also will eat seeds, and fruit. They are tan with yellow tail feather shafts and black spots on their undersides. The back feathers are barred tan and black and they also have a black v on the upper chest. They have a small red patch on the back of their head, too. I was totally happy to see them here! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!