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      Found a baby bird or a sick or injured bird?   07/11/17

      Here is a short article with advice for what to do if you find a baby bird or one that appears to be sick or injured. Bird rescue article Please feel free to post here if you have questions or need more help.

I see this bird a week or two every year in BC

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Hi, I have seen this type of bird every year for the past 5, and I have been entirely unable to identify it.  Its a pretty large bird, bigger than a robin. Main colouring is brownish (in varying shades) with some black markings.  Most notably is a large almost black 'half moon' on its upper breast.  Also, it has a longer beak compared to the robin.  Sorry the pictures are so bad, its the best I could do with my cellphone.  I know in one of the pictures the two other birds are starlings.  I took these photographs on May 19, 2017 in the backyard behind my condo in Surrey BC, about 12:30 pm.  Thanks if you can help!!

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Welcome to WhatBird! You have a lovely Northern Flicker there. That crescent on the chest is a key field mark. It's actually a type of woodpecker, but it spends a lot of time on the ground searching for ants. 

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As soon as you mentioned "half moon on it's chest" it's like BINGO!!---Northern Flicker.  Along with Robins, here comes springtime on the Souther Oregon Coast!

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Northern Flicker alright. It looks to be a Red-shafted race with the red malar stripe and tan around the eyes and head.

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