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A Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker

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!


It’s Woodpecker Wednesday!

Female Downy Woodpecker

Red-headed Woodpeckers with their crimson red head all the way down to their shoulders have been here in my yards almost daily now.  I also have been enjoying seeing the juvenile Pileated Woodpecker, several Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers and an occasional Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker and Red-bellied Woodpecker.  I just love the picture of the two Red-head Woodpeckers flitting about one another.  I think that this young pair were discussing their future!  The Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker was hunting for insects in the grass just at the base of my Tulip Poplar tree.  The smaller woodpeckers like the Hairy and Downy all tend to come to the feeders cautiously.  They sometimes have to wait for the larger birds to finish.  The little woodpeckers do tend to be OK with the presence of the other small songbirds but get very flighty when confronted with the jumbo cousins.  They just hang out on the dead Oak next to the feeder until it is their turn.  I am crazy for woodpeckers!  I took these pictures from my deck and windows in the last few days.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo.  Enjoy! P. S. Please excuse the wonky lay-out – happens with captions sometimes.  Oh well.  Many thanks!

Red-headed Woodpecker

Male Downy Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Male Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker

Red-headed Woodpeckers

Pileated Woodpecker

A Bunch of Woodpeckers

Red-bellied, Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker, Hairy, and a Red-headed Woodpecker have all been in my backyard on July 8, 2011 and July 9, 2011.  I have a suet hanger full of new suet and that is one of the big attractions at the moment for these birds.  I have many mature large Oak and Hickory trees in my lake shore yard, which are also of interest to the woodpeckers.  The Red-bellied Woodpecker that has been here most often, is a youngster with very little red on its head.  The Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker is a male and is in his prime.

The Red-headed is a gem-like beauty with the most handsome black and white feathers and crimson red from the shoulders to the tip-top of its head.  The Hairy Woodpecker is a male.  Like its smaller cousin but look-alike cousin, the Downy Woodpecker, the Hairy Woodpecker male has a red spot way up on the top of its head, slightly at the back.  The Hairy Woodpecker also has a bit of a stouter bill than the Downy Woodpecker does.  I just get so excited to see all of these woodpeckers here in the yard.  I took the pictures from my windows and from my deck on July 8, 2011 and again on July 9, 2011.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Two Days of Woodpecker Visitors

Male Hairy Woodpecker

Today I will just show a gallery of the woodpeckers that came to my yards between June 22 – 25, 2011.  I mostly took the pictures from my windows.  There are two Mallards that camp out in my backyard.  These two “guard ducks” fly and quack loudly when they see or hear me out on the deck.   A lot of the songbirds also take wing at that moment.  I then have to wait several minutes until some of the visiting birds return.  They tend not to fly away if I stay still while out on the deck.  The deck is about twelve feet up so some of the birds do not notice I am there at times.  I am showing a Red-headed Woodpecker, a nearly bald Red-bellied Woodpecker (molting?), a male Hairy Woodpecker (a bit larger than the Downy), and a male Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-headed Woodpecker

Male Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Male Hairy Woodpecker

Backyard Birds (and ducks, too) on a Sunny June Day

Yesterday it was a windy and cooler day.  We had thunderstorms on a hot and breezy Sunday so the cooler weather on Monday was just fine.  The birds around here are a lot less active due to nesting, the weather, lake activity, construction in the neighborhood, and for some, molting has begun.  It also is harder to catch sight of the birds because of all the lush leaves on our big trees.  I was out taking pictures from the deck and the basement windows to capture a few shots of the birds and ducks and geese that visited.  A Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker was hunting for bugs in the next door neighbor’s backyard lawn.  The Brown Thrasher came to hunt bugs in the branches of a fallen tree next door at the border between out yards.

I also had the younger Pileated Woodpecker visit.  That Pileated Woodpecker is quite shy and often will fly off at the sight of me (he is not like that other one that used to visit and allowed me to be around it).  Mr. and Mrs. Mallard came several times to hunt up some tasty bird seed as well as bugs from the ground.   We have several small fly catchers such as the tiny Eastern Pewee and the lovely little Phoebe.  I also had Canada Geese with goslings and several Goldfinches and Mourning Doves here but I can’t include all of those pictures here today.  All of these birds are interesting and very welcome in the yard.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

A Pair of Mallard Ducks

Brown Thrasher

Male Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker

Male Northern Cardinal with Female House Finch

Eastern Phoebe

Encounters of the Woodpecker Kind

This female Downy Woodpecker just wanted to grab a bite to eat at the suet feeder attached to the side of the regular bird-seed hopper tray feeder.  The obstacle to getting this snack was the huge male Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker Woodpecker that was also eating suet at that same feeder.  Which bird would win?  The answer is both.  The birds decided to be courteous and let one another eat.  The picture of the female Downy Woodpecker in flight with that Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker was one of the more unusual photographs I have taken of woodpeckers.  After eating, the Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker first flew over to the wheelbarrow to explore in that area of the yard, and then flew to a fallen log where it settled down for ground-based hunting.  The female Downy Woodpecker does not have any red on its head.  The male Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker has a distinctive black mustache mark on its face.  I took these pictures from my windows on May 18, 2011.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Merry Christmas from the Woodpeckers!

Northern Yellow-Shafted Flicker Woodpecker

On Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 2010, I was looking out my basement sliding glass window and saw to my absolute delight, a Northern Yellow-Shafted Flicker  on my backyard bird feeder!  I had my camera handy so I snapped a few pictures.  Right after the Northern Yellow-Shafted Flicker left the feeder, a Red-Bellied Woodpecker came to the feeder briefly.  I managed to quickly snap off a picture or two but the bird was in a big hurry.  The moment the Red-Bellied Woodpecker left, a gigantic Pileated Woodpecker flew up on to the bird feeder!  Imagine, three large Woodpeckers in the span of just three or four minutes, all up feeding on the bird feeder!  I have a block of Suet with Peanuts plus my normal mix of Black Oil Sunflower Seeds, Cracked Peanuts, snips of dried Apricot, Striped Sunflower Seeds, Niger Seed and Millet.  I took all of these pictures looking through the window with my Nikon camera with the Nikkor 18mm-200mm lens on 12/24/10 in the morning.  The Woodpeckers were wishing me (and you) a very Merry Christmas!  So, I will do so too:  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!  P.S. –  It’s a “White Christmas” for us here on the beautiful Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee!

Northern Yellow-Shafted Flicker

Northern Yellow-Shafted Flicker

Red-Bellied Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

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