This Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker woodpecker was hunting for bugs and other tasty bites in the grass near the dam of the pond on Thursday, September 13, 2012 when I snapped these pictures. The Flicker like the Red-bellied Woodpecker have lived here for months but seldom have been out and about in the yard due to the presence of the Red-headed Woodpeckers. I think that the Red-heads have migrated to the South now so the year-around resident woodpeckers are taking over. I really am wowed by Flickers!
The Northern Yellow-shafted Flickers have a beige body, dark brown spots on their chest, a barred brown and beige back, a red v-shaped mark on the back of their head and a black v-shaped mark on their upper chest. The males also have a black mustache mark. They are spectacularly marked birds. They also have brilliant yellow feather shafts that can be seen when in flight. Northern Yellow-shafted Flickers are beautiful medium-sized birds and I am glad to have them here!