There’s been a seemingly endless stream of bird parents bringing their fledglings
to our garden this summer, teaching them how to feed themselves.
Northern Flickers are in the tree climber/woodpecker family.
They are shy birds and easily spooked by people.
They also always announce their arrival loudly as they approach the feeders.
It takes time and practice for the fledgelings to figure things out.
They have to learn how to land, as well as how not to fall or slide off the poles and feeders.
Flickers also eat ants and can therefore often seen foraging for them on the ground.
Flickers have beautiful plumage!
Males are identified by a red mustache that the females lack.
But both, male and female flickers have a polkadot pattern on their breasts
and beautiful reddish-orange colors under their wings and tail.
This mother and son pair kept a close eye on me and my camera while feeding.