Posted 23 June 2012 - 05:32 PM
I know the Gilded Flicker isn't native to our area, but, my daughter and I are certain there are a male and female who frequent the tree in our front yard and have crawled on my cylindrical bird feeder by my window (by the way they are pretty big and completely wrap their body around the feeder which is about a foot in length). We put out a suet feeder on the tree and they pecked at that a bit, but, then the crows came and we didn't see the Flickers again. We have seen them in the Fall mainly, but, this year we had a mild Winter and spotted them in early Winter, October-November. We just found out today that is what they were, the Gilded Flicker, and also how incredibly rare it seems they would be to our area, so we didn't realize how important a photo would be, but, we are sure to take one now. We are new to bird-watching so we are in a learning stage. At any rate, the reason for my post is to ask what would be a good way to feed them if they come back? We have a squirrel feeder on the tree they like so we were assuming they were picking out the sunflower seeds the squirrels were hiding. We just think these birds are so beautiful and we've named them and watch for them every year, we would love to find a good way to feed them. Thanks for your help.