For a few days now, I’ve been seeing this incredibly “big” (by comparison to our other aviary visitors) bird hanging around our front yard, seemingly claiming his territory. He’s a brave fellow, not fearing the nearing of the car as it goes in and out of the driveway, until I tried to walk within a few feet of him this afternoon … he decided he’d had enough and flew into the nearby trees.
I managed to get this shot of him, in which he seems to display a proud stance and unafraid demeanor. “The Northern Flicker , Colaptes auratus, are large, brown woodpeckers with a gentle expression and handsome black-scalloped plumage. On walks, don’t be surprised if you scare one up from the ground. It’s not where you’d expect to find a woodpecker, but flickers eat mainly ants and beetles, digging for them with their unusual, slightly curved bill. When they fly you’ll see a flash of color in the wings – yellow if you’re in the East, red if you’re in the West – and a bright white flash on the rump.” From “All About Birds”, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Thanks for visiting! Until next time… TTFN ~ Tamara Eckstadt