Thursday, July 05, 2007

Name that bird


Anyone? Well, that was quick. It's a Northern (Yellow Shafted) Flicker. Not unheard of, but not common in Vermont. He's a ground bug eating member of the woodpecker family, and I'm more than happy to let him eat his fill. Tell your friends! Here's a link to more info and a wav. if you're interested.

7 comments:

Teresa said...

We had one nest in our pile of tomato hoops, so we had to wait to get them on last summer. It was the worst nest I have ever seen, almost fell apart looking at it.

Dorothy said...

Yeah, it doesn't seem to be a very bright bird - there have been a couple along side the lane, they don't even flinch when we drive past.

Rose said...

Dorothy, that is a flicker... http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Northern_Flicker.html
This calls it a Norther flicker but we have always called them just a flicker--don't know if there are different kinds or not...

Rose said...

Dorothy, just go to google and type in flicker, then images only...should have thought to do that first thing myself.

Pigley said...

Name that bird?
I always thought "Bill" is a good name for a bird.

Vicky aka stichr said...

Pigley...you crack me up. Wish you did a blog!

Dorothy we have the flickers here too, ours have orange in/under the wings. They tend to hang out on the road sides and fly across the road at the last minute, probably laughing more than the Windex Crows. I never see one as roadkill, so I guess they are smarter than the average bear. Or possum...now there is a deprived critter....deprived of brains!

Granny Fran said...

In Colorado we have red shafted Flickers. I love to hear them drumming and scratching in ant hills for dinner. In the Eastern part of Colorado there are crosses between the Yellow Shafted and Red Shafted varieties. Yours is a female because the male would have a black mustache (the Red Shafted male has a red mustache.) I always think they are very elegant looking.