Jim Williams has been watching birds and writing about their antics since before "Gilligan's Island" went into reruns. Join him for his unique insights, his everyday adventures and an open conversation about the birds in your back yard and beyond.

Flicker at feeder this morning

Posted by: Jim Williams under Bird identification, Birds in the backyard Updated: November 15, 2011 - 11:23 AM

Northern Flickers have occasionally visited our bird feeders in fall and winter. Last year, one was regular into January. This morning, this fellow came to eat sunflower seeds. The light was very good, and I got lucky with timing. This bird for sure belongs to the yellow-shafted group of the species. Red-shafted is the other choice, those birds found to our west. The moustachial stripe is indication that this bird is a male.

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