The Northern flickers are ground feeding woodpeckers that usually come in April through October as they pass through. They mainly eat ants and beetles but will eat fruit and seeds.
I am always thrilled to see this bird especially just a few days after my cataract surgery in 2015 and recognized it right away, without even having my glasses on. Just a week before the surgery I would of had to been wearing my glasses and then zoom in with the camera to make the positive identification.
The flicker has a long curved beak to peck into the ground. As you can tell from the photos they are usually on the ground in our garden but they do peck at the trees too.
Just look at that black bib on his chest.
I love all the black dots over its belly.
They are up to 38 cm. long and have a grey cap with a v shape patch of red on its head.
When they fly you see either red if you are in the west (red shafted flicker) or yellow if you are in the east (yellow shafted flicker) of Canada The colour is under their wings and on their tail. On one of our trips out west in British Columbia I got some great photos of the red shafted flicker.
By this time of the year in February we are looking forward to the arrival of spring. I can’t wait for spring and to see the flickers once again. Here are the flickers under the back tree in 2017. Do you see the flickers in your garden?
Have a look at some more of my lens friends photos.