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Home of the Northern Yellow Shafted Flickers

The day before yesterday, I was out in my front yard looking for birds and I heard a really loud bird call.  No kidding, the bird sounded like a musical siren!  I searched for the bird that was calling.  I suspected that the bird would be a larger bird and saw movement in the top of a tall tree stump across the street.  The tree  where the bird was at was about 30 feet tall.  The zoom lens of my camera helped me spot the bird.  I recognized this individual bird as a Northern Yellow Shafted Flicker.  The bird may even be the same one I saw a few days earlier eating on my next door neighbor’s lawn.  I later strolled across the street and heard the woodpeckers and much to my surprise saw yet another Northern Yellow Shafted Flicker fly into a hole in that same tree snag!  Perhaps we have a pair of birds residing there.  These woodpeckers live in hollowed out trees and dine mostly on insects.  Their coloration really blends in with the tree bark and wood.  Please click on the thumbnail photo to see a larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Northern Yellow Shafted Flicker

I was surprised to see a Woodpecker eating on the ground.  I looked closer and saw that this kind of Woodpecker was a female Northern Yellow Shafted Flicker.  These large Woodpeckers often will eat ants and other insects on the ground.  This beautiful bird was eating on the lawn of a home nearby.  I took the picture from about 100 feet away and slightly below as I was on a slope.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of that picture.  Enjoy!

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