Northern Flicker

I think my favorite bird is the Northern Flicker- which is a large woodpecker! And today he keeps gracing us with his presence!

I first saw him in the neighbor’s tree- he looked huge silhouetted against the blue sky and the leafless tree! (See him at the top.)

Then… he flew to our magnolia tree out front!

I tried all morning to get a picture of him at the feeder- but he is fast!

We have simple suet feeder- but it does wonders attracting the woodpeckers!

We also have both hairy and downy woodpeckers come! That’s a downy on the left of the feeder..

Today we actually had one of each come to the feeder at the same time which showed the difference between these similar birds!

Downy woodpeckers are smaller and fluffier with smaller beaks. Hairy woodpeckers are bigger with longer beaks.

I’ve also decided that winter is the best time to bird watch! Birds flock to the feeders because it’s an easy meal… and in between their bites, they fly into trees which are bare! I hope you take a moment today to really look outside and see the beautiful birds wintering in your neighborhood!!

edit**** I got a picture and a video of the northern Flicker!!! ❀️❀️❀️❀️

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….and a red-headed woodpecker just came for a visit too!!

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7 Comments

  1. Awesome! I wish I had them come to my yard. Only once did I ever have a Downy Woodpecker on the fence and by the time I got my camera it had flown.

    The videos aren’t here. Just a black box where they should be. 😦

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    • Thank you for telling me! I forgot I had to go through YouTube to embed videos! I had to relearn the process LOL!
      I can’t believe how lucky I was to see all four woodpeckers in one day!! Into actually get a few photos was exhilarating! I was so distracted all day- I kept going to check the feeders 😜

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  2. Welcome back! We have a young birder friend who uses her binoculars against her iPad to get fantastic, close up, pictures of the birds at her feeder. Give it a try!

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    • That’s a cool idea! I’ll definitely try that because it was so frustrating to get such terrible pictures of such beautiful birds! And thanks for the welcome – I appreciate it!! ☺️

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  3. That’s great! I love watching birds. We have huge Pilliated Woodpeckers here too. Do you have those?

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    • One time Simone and her dad saw one camping and they took a video of it for me for my birthday- but I have seen one yet personally- that’s awesome you have!! πŸ˜€

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      • Yes. There are a lot of them in the woods surrounding my house. I hear them often – they have a distinct noise they make when flying. They are huge.

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