I had a lovely surprise this morning, under our bird feeder.
The first was a norther flicker, right under the bird feeder.
The only other time I’ve seen one was quite a while ago, and well away from the house.
It was quite thoroughly drilling into the dirt!
Look at those bright yellow streaks in the wings!
Unlike the one I saw last time, this one did not have the distinctive black big marking. The difference between male and female, perhaps?
Then, while the girls and I were watching the norther flicker, a humming bird showed up!
I tried to get a photo, but it was moving so fast, I could barely get it in the camera frame, and it would be gone. Focus? What’s that!
However, I did get this shot that I really like.
Completely out of focus, but has an artsy feel to it that I really like.
I’m told we only have one variety of hummingbird in our area; the ruby throated humming bird. This one, which had no red on it, and its back was very green and shiny, would have been a female.
In the near future, we intend to plant a butterfly and hummingbird garden. 🙂