A Northern Flicker, visiting us early this month. (I can't believe there are already so many leaves on the ground!)
While in town during my daughter's short shift, my older daughter at home was startled by something fairly large hitting an upstairs window. Of course she checked it out, and this is what she found. One very stunned Northern Flicker! She gently prodded it to see if it was okay, and got squawked at. It … Continue reading Too stunned!
It's rare enough to get photos of norther flickers at our feeding station. Rarer still is getting one at the bird bath! On hot days, we would sometimes leave a block of ice to melt in the bird bath. The ice disappeared quickly, but the birds really appreciated having nice cool water to help beat … Continue reading Critter of the Day: cooling down
We don't see Northern Flickers often, and we get photos of them even less often. This one was nice enough to hang out at the top of the dead spruce tree long enough for some photos.
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 … Continue reading New Bird Visitors
Early this morning, I spotted some movement at the edge of our spruce grove. It turned out to be a bird, enthusiastically digging and pecking at the ground. A surprisingly large bird; not as big as a grouse, but certainly bigger than a blue jay or crow. Not something I recall seeing before. Unfortunately, it … Continue reading Shaggy friends, a new bird ID and… a mystery!