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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Yellow-shafted Northern Flicker - another new bird



Sunday, February 11, I saw an odd looking flicker in my backyard.  It was different from the Red-shafted ones I have been studying for years in the back yard.  A few photographs and research confirmed that it was indeed a male Yellow-shafted flicker.

It had the black cheeks instead of red.


It had the red chevron on the back of its neck instead of a plain neck

And it had the yellow tail and wings.  This was a lifetime bird for me.  It is always fun to see a new bird and to be able to study it.


10 comments:

mick said...

Great photos - and I always think that a new bird in the backyard is the most exciting of all.

Øyvind Buljo said...

Nice photos of a beautiful bird!

pattyler1 said...

Love to watch the Flickers! They really are beautiful. We had the same choice for posting today - I posted my photo of a female!

Dave said...

Agreed, very nice images of a striking bird

Great stuff

theconstantwalker said...

A lovely bird to see. Great images

dreamfalcon said...

Great photos. And thanks for pointing out all the specialties. We don't have Flickers in Europe so I wouldn't have noticed :-)

Springman said...

A wonderful insightful post! Congratulations on the lifer. We see the Flickers in the spring. I had no idea there was a Yellow shafted version. I must check my old pictures! It looks like this is a fresh blog you have created. I would encourage you keep up your great start as there are a lot of like minded folks eager to share experiences and information. Your contribution to WBW is appreciated. Have fun wandering the world of birds!

Dixxe said...

Congrats on seeing the yellow shafted! I hope to see one in my yard this spring--they generally stick to the wooded areas but in Spring they come to poke in the ground of the lawn...I see the RED shafted when I visit my sister in Colorado..
GReat photos on your blog post!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Can't believe that we BOTH showed our Northern Flickers this morning, Bill.... Ours are quite common in our area... They certainly are gorgeous birds, aren't they?

Have a great day.
Betsy

Mike B. @ slugyard.com said...

Great find! We have red-shafted flickers everywhere, but I'm yet to see a yellow one. Thanks for the photos- now I know what to look for.