November 20, 2012

Northern Flicker

The Northern Flicker is a fairly common sight in Minnesota. The one that is in our area in the Yellow-shafted variety.  Note the yellow markings on the leading edge of the wings and under the tail.

As with most of my sightings, I just happened to look out at the feeder area and noticed that a Flicker was looking for something to eat.  It had been at the other suet feeder (which was full) and moved over to check out the empty one.  Of course, what stood out was it's red markings.

The Red-shafted variety of the Northern Flicker is normally found in the western U.S.  It's pretty rare to see one in Minnesota.   I managed to get a few pictures and feel quite blessed to see this bird.

Note the wing edges and undertail are red in color and the red mustache means it's a male.  Also note that the red marking on the nape is missing which is characteristic of the red-shafted variety.


Tabor said...

Nice. We have small number of these in our woods and they fly everywhere and make lots of noise.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

These pictures are special. So if this bird shows up in Minnesota,it just might show up in Manitoba. I can wish,right?

Janice K said...

How pretty! I've only seen the yellow shafted ones here.