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!
Here are some of the resident Red-headed Woodpeckers and Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker Woodpeckers that I saw around the little farm in the past few days. I also saw one Red-bellied Woodpecker but the pictures I took were way too bad to post except for the one here which is marginal. I sure to love seeing all of these Woodpeckers here.
There are a pair of Red-headed Woodpeckers here in the Oaks next to the pond and a pair of the Flickers that live in the gulch below the pond’s dam. There are likely seven Red-headed Woodpeckers in the neighborhood and maybe three or four Red-bellied Woodpeckers around, too. I think there may be a Downy Woodpecker or two in the neighborhood but I seldom see them. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Yesterday was a breezy sunny and cool day here at the little farm. I was out with the camera twice. I took the picture of the Canada Goose walking into the pond in the late morning. The Canada Geese spend their breakfast time here at the pond and then fly over to the nearby lake. I snapped the rest of these pictures at about 2:30 PM. The Great Blue Heron is a different bird from the one that usually wades along the shoreline here at the little farm pond. The heron was up on the pasture with the cattle that the next door farmer has. I was overjoyed to see a Northern Yellow-Shafted Flicker woodpecker hunting for insects in the grass near the dam area of the pond. The yellow coloring of the shafts of his feathers are easily seen when he flies.
The Mallard Ducks are almost always here. The drake Mallard is very handsome with his emerald-green head The bottom middle photograph is of the pair of Hooded Mergansers that showed up here yesterday. Perhaps these Mergansers have been this way before and are on their return north. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
There is a small flock of about six Eastern Bluebirds that live here in the trees around the little farm. I sometimes see these beautiful little blue and orange and cram-colored birds out in the grassy pastures or on the electric lines or perched in the lower limbs of one of the Oaks next to the pond here. They are insect-eating birds so they hunt in the grass for grubs, worms or insects. This trait will be a help to me when we have our vegetable garden in a couple of months. I always just feel that these little birds are a bright cheerful addition to the yards! I took these pictures in the past few days. I took the picture of the Eastern Bluebird with the Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker yesterday afternoon. I was a long way away from the birds so as to not disturb them. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!