Birds in Snow: Northern Flicker

By taggart  
Birds in Snow: Northern Flicker
Colaptes auratus. 12 inches. male

The PolarVortex brought us birds from the tiny wren to this HUGE NORTHERN FLICKER! This woodpecker usually feeds on the ground as they prefer ants and beetles-- The male and female appear the same but the female lacks the black mustache.
I think the larger birds found this mesh feeder to be a resting/watching place as it was easy for their feet to grab onto tho he appears to have sampled some of the ground nuts and niger seeds???

This is the last image I will include in "Birds in Snow". Thank you all for your supportive, thoughtful and overwhelming interest!

Have a great weekend!

Tags: Avian Wildlife and nature Northern Flicker

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Merlin_k Plus
12 39 13 United States
8 Feb 2019 3:32AM
Our Northern Flickers have vanished. Reckon you stole them! Still have the Carolina Wrens and Brown Creepers though. I need to get me a 400mm lens.
Great image. Really hope it gets warmer for you very soon.
gajewski 16 10 9 United States
8 Feb 2019 5:11AM
I have to give another UA -- perfect comp, perfect focus. WONDERFUL image, Jennnnnn.
gajewski 16 10 9 United States
8 Feb 2019 5:12AM
Oooops. Don't have an award to give so consider this a virtual award.
Jasper87 Plus
11 2.7k 158 England
8 Feb 2019 7:34AM
An excellent collection, Jennn.
8 Feb 2019 8:05AM
Beautiful image
8 Feb 2019 8:27AM
A beauty Jenn, like the detail,
bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
8 Feb 2019 8:33AM
perfect focus
viscostatic 15 50 11 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2019 8:45AM
Seeing these beautiful birds at your feeder is one advantage of the severe weather Jenn.

Maiwand 14 3 73 England
8 Feb 2019 9:50AM
A delightful capture Jennnn.
8 Feb 2019 9:59AM
Wonderful colours, Jenn, a really fine shot 🏆

Dave 🐿
CaroleS Plus
11 442 3 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2019 10:11AM
What a delightful colour (glad the female doesn't have a mustacheWink) - good shot Jenn.
8 Feb 2019 10:13AM
Well captured.
Irishkate Plus
10 45 121 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2019 10:49AM
Perfectly posed with the feeder making a good background.
New bird to us in UK.
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2019 11:07AM
A super beautiful subject... Excellent image Jenn...
Isabel GrinGrin
SlowSong Plus
12 9.7k 30 England
8 Feb 2019 11:21AM
What a beauty.
Mollycat Plus
8 21 2 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2019 11:48AM
Stunning looking bird. A beauty Jenn.
Peter GrinGrinGrin
RonnieAG Plus
11 154 119 Scotland
8 Feb 2019 12:11PM
This unusual visitor for you has afforded a fabulous image, Jenn.
A very pretty bird, captured in fine detail.
12 10 10 England
8 Feb 2019 2:49PM
Thanks for a lovely series Jennn; I've enjoyed it very much.
Fefe Plus
9 57 36 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2019 4:29PM
Ohhhhhh how cute is that face? GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Superb image

8 Feb 2019 5:22PM
What a beautiful bird Jenn, a new one for me. So pleased you showed us. Pam
JuBarney Plus
10 34 5 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2019 6:51PM
A very handsome bird
richmowil Plus
12 447 2 England
9 Feb 2019 12:11AM
Excellent detail and colour in this fine image Jenn!! Very nice bird!!
DaveNewbury 3 5 3 England
9 Feb 2019 12:34AM
Excellent image Jenn
10 Feb 2019 6:04PM
Stellar shot Jenn, they are an attractive and large bird . Those big beaks can damage ones home as they will use it incessantly on the exterior to look for insects . Freinds of ours had to have one trapped and removed due to the damage it was doing despite their attempts to scare it away .
Cheers Walt

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