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Flicker in Winter

The northern flicker (Colaptes auratus) is an ant-eating woodpecker. Unlike the typical woodpecker, northern flickers spend most of their time on the ground where they dig to find ants. Instead of leaning against their tails on tree trunks while feeding, … Continue reading

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Northern Flicker Nest

Northern flickers (Colaptes auratus) are called red-shafted flickers in the West and yellow-shafted flickers in the East – two subspecies distinguished by the color flashed by their wings when they fly. Leonard and I saw this red-shafted flicker tending its … Continue reading

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Bufflehead

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A couple weeks ago I mentioned that a hooded merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) can be easily confused with a bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) in the field. I have never done a post on the bufflehead. . . Buffleheads are small diving ducks … Continue reading

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Kestrels Win??

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In January I mentioned that a northern flicker (Colaptes auratus) was checking out the nook in our hay shed where American kestrels (Falco sparverius) customarily nest. Perhaps this season the flickers would usurp the kestrels for that prime nesting site. On a … Continue reading

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Northern Flicker

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This is going to be interesting! Every year a pair of American kestrels (Falco sparverius) raise a family in one of our haysheds. Over the last few days at least one northern flicker (Colaptes auratus) has developed an interest in the same … Continue reading

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