Thursday (10-January-2019) — New Jersey

Backyard Wintertime Nature in New Jersey.

The Northern Flicker (also known as a Yellow-shafted Flicker or Eastern Flicker) was back at my bird feeder but didn’t seem interested in the bird seed. One of my neighbors said it was working on a downed log while I was away in Florida. I need to get some more suet (beef fat) for the feeder for the woodpeckers. The flickers are high up in the pecking order at the feeder, and do not leave when a blue jay arrives.

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Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted Flicker, Eastern Flicker). Image taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 200 mm f/2 lens and 1.4x teleconverter (ISO 3200, 280 mm, f/2.8, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)


Seven-Years Ago (28-May-2007) — Colorado

Spring Nature in Colorado.

As I was walking to my car from the Boulder Marriott Residence Inn I saw this brown bird hunting insects. I didn’t recognize it, and had to look it up in my “National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds”. It is a Northern Flicker which is a woodpecker. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 400, 280 mm, f/4, 1/50 sec).

Northern Flicker (woodpecker). Residence Inn in Boulder, Colorado. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 400, 180 mm, f/4, 1/50 sec). (David J Mathre)
Northern Flicker (woodpecker) at the Marriott Residence Inn in Boulder, Colorado. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 400, 180 mm, f/4, 1/50 sec). (David J Mathre)