The northern, or as it used be called, the red-shafted flicker, is one of my very favorite fine feathered friends to visit the bird feeders in my garden. They are very shy and spooked by the slightest of sounds or movements. I love the dotted plumes and the black bibs on their chests, but when in flight, the undersides of their wings and tail are a gorgeous rusty orange color. And as so often in the animal kingdom, the males are prettier (or should I say handsome?!) with their reddish mustaches.
Sometimes I hear them hammering against the chimney or roof early in the morning.
Sometimes they just hang out on the back fence and watch all the other birds coming through.
And then they disappear into the woods as suddenly as they appeared at the feeder.
What kinds of woodpeckers are native to your area?
Happy Friday and Happy Weekend!