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#1 goofy166

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Posted 25 June 2005 - 07:38 AM

Northern Flicker

#2 rundmc65

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Posted 28 June 2006 - 04:33 AM

I live in Massachusetts and have seen this beautiful woodpecker typebird digging in the ground for bugs.  As I was trying to identifythis creature, none of the pictures in this site do it justice.Although the written discription was accurate, the picture would havebeen more helpful if the black crescdent on its chest waspictured.  Thank you/forums/emoticons/emotion-52.gif

#3 kimmeh

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Posted 05 June 2008 - 11:30 AM

Sorry to say but the colours are rather off; the bird isn't that brown, it's paler, closer to beige, and even a paler beige on it's under-belly, and a pale gray on it's back. Also, when the wings are spread, you see yellow in the feathers. The underside of the tail feathers are also a bright yellow.

 

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Posted 17 July 2008 - 10:33 PM

I took a picture of one of these the other day and some forum members here helped me ID it.

http://www.whatbird.com/forums/forums/thread/52621.aspx 



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Posted 24 April 2009 - 06:24 PM

I see and here flickers all the time but I just cant get them in my yard, I hung up a peanut feeder in hopes of attracting them and I have had many other birds but not rhe flicker. any suggestions

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Posted 25 April 2009 - 09:19 PM

I had two females come to my compost pile to pick through the shelled peanuts every day for two months. They also would go to a place under a Southern Magnolia tree I tossed shelled peanuts and sunflower seeds for the squirrels. As soon as I bought a suet feeder and attached to the tree they went away and never came back.



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Posted 26 April 2009 - 04:18 AM

Here is a shot I took a couple of days ago. Usually the flickers will not hang around for a decent picture, but, this one did and I got several shots off at a pretty close range.

 



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Posted 27 April 2010 - 11:31 AM

in my front yard


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Posted 27 April 2010 - 11:53 AM

I recently hung a bird feeder above the deck in my back yard.  It has been visited by several kinds of wood peckers.  One of them is the Northern flicker.  There is a pair of them living in a willow with a hole in it growing in the river behind my house.  A rather uneducated friend of mine calls them "railroad back wood peckers".  I couldn't find the term anywhere on the internet.


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Posted 24 May 2010 - 12:30 PM

Funny you mention "railroad". I live across from a railroad and they are nesting alongside the tracks.


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Posted 29 March 2011 - 09:49 AM

I'm happy. I have a pair building a nest cavity in my neighbor's yard. A bit hard to see with all these leaves in the way, though.

 



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Posted 16 May 2011 - 04:52 AM

, I actually had 3 pairs, and one pair of males that hung out with two females for the longest time, both doing their dance to impress her.. they are a little shy, but a few are not bothered by me much at all unless they are on the ground and I start walking too quickly towards them. I have 3 suet feeders and I dont remember a flicker going to any of them, just east off the ground and they love my locus tree. they do however hang out at my bluebird meal worm feeder and get the worms the bluebirds drop on the ground.. I tried posting a picture of a mating pair but it says I dont have permission, not sure whats up with that


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Posted 29 May 2011 - 03:34 PM

We used to have at least one pair here and they would come to feeder relatively often (especially when we had woodpecker treat bars) I always enjoyed seeing them, we nick-named them "peck-zilla" because they dwarf everything else at the feeder. Haven't seen them in recent years but then I've been gone at school, hopefully they are still around. Cool birds. 


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Posted 16 January 2012 - 01:27 PM

I saw my first Yellow-Shafted Northern Flicker today.  I couldn't get any good pics, but enough to ID him.  The illustration is too dark, it's got lighter wings with dark spots, and red behind the head not strips behind the beak.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 08:42 PM

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 08:48 PM

Wow, awesome pictures cabirds!!

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 08:56 PM

Thank you, Melissa!

I was just trying to get caught up and it was "recent" in the list. I didn't notice I was necromancing a thread from Jan. until after I posted. :wacko:
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Posted 18 July 2012 - 02:52 PM

everybody here saying that they avoided the suet but mine love it and its the first thing they go to. have a nesting pair since early last spring and just recently started bringing their young to the feeders

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 02:56 PM

this one is out on the feeder as i type

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 04:53 PM

This last winter we had a female Flicker come nearly every day to the peanuts and also the suet. That was a first for us. I hope she comes back.

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