Northern Flicker 6/25/13


Northern Flickers are probably my favorite of all the woodpeckers in the northeast—big, colorful, and with a loud striking call that can send you right back to the Jurassic. Unlike most other woodpeckers in these parts, they are migratory summer-only birds and they forage on the ground for the ants. This pair is courting and haven’t been around long enough for her to be brooding eggs just yet—the bird above is the female, note the black teardrop mustache in the male below. I like this shot for showing off the yellow shafts of their wing and tail feathers, which doesn’t often appear in photographs unless you catch one flying. Oldtimers call them Yellowhammers.

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