Northern Flicker

By taggart  
Northern Flicker
Colaptes orates a female 12 inches

This HUGE secretive woodpecker came to our feeders today just as i was getting ready to attempt to capture some falling snowflakes--- so I shot thru a window as I watched her struggle attempting to access the suet within this cage. (The cage allows the smaller birds to go inside while keeping the squirrels OUT) .

She has a RED VALENTINE on the back of her head--- see v2!
Also note how she is using her tail to help her hang on to the cage.....

Tags: Bird Woodpecker Wildlife and nature Northern Flicker

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Irishkate Plus
11 45 121 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2016 1:21AM
Quite different from our woodpeckers - love the markings Jenn.
Kate Grin
Daisymaye Plus
13 23 19 Canada
16 Feb 2016 1:23AM
He looks just like the ones we have here. Usually in late summer. Like how he's curled his tail under the feeder.
cbrundage 8 4 United States
16 Feb 2016 1:30AM
Extraordinary photos, Jenn - superb! Stunning markings and such a great capture.
We got some snow today but now it is rain. So sick of it!
GillyB 16 317 8 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2016 1:55AM
Well captured Jenn, what an attractive woodpecker..... very different from our local ones Grin
jaktis Plus
17 84 Sweden
16 Feb 2016 3:45AM
What a beauty

ddolfelin Plus
9 103 3 Wales
16 Feb 2016 5:51AM
Never seen one of these.
Good pictures!
nonur 12 18 13 Turkey
16 Feb 2016 7:08AM
Poor guy, she must be very hungry. Two well taken shots, Jen. I love the working of the tail.
16 Feb 2016 7:40AM
Nicely exposed. Lovely image.
jasonrwl Plus
11 1.1k 11 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2016 7:49AM
Beautiful bird and one that I have never seen on here before i dont think
gajewski 17 10 9 United States
16 Feb 2016 8:07AM
A great capture of an amazing bird. That Valentine heart is so appropriate for the Valentine weekend.

Mollycat Plus
8 21 2 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2016 9:12AM
Incredible looking plumage Jenn. Very apt for this last weekend.
Peter GrinGrinGrin
NDODS 11 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2016 9:14AM
Two wonderful captures. I love the heart shaped skull cap.

Thanks for sharing Jenn

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
16 Feb 2016 9:34AM
Such a lovely woody, Jennn! Good for you snapping him as you have.

Dave Wink
Nikonuser1 Plus
9 168 16 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2016 10:47AM
A great looking woodpecker Jenn, so well capturedGrinGrinGrinGrin

Beautiful bird Jenn, well spotted and captured.
Carol Smile
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2016 11:18AM
Excellent image Jenn!
I'd love to see one of those... Grin
16 Feb 2016 12:15PM
Super Woodpecker images Jenn
16 Feb 2016 2:06PM
Wonderfully captured image of this Northern Flicker Jennifer.
16 Feb 2016 5:15PM
Beautiful looking bird
JuBarney Plus
10 34 5 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2016 5:20PM
A very handsome woodpecker.
Philip_H 9 1.5k United Kingdom
16 Feb 2016 6:05PM
What a lovely looking bird, Jenn.

Not seen one of those before.

P Grin
HelenMarie 5 62 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2016 7:51PM
Beautiful, and a new one to me

16 Feb 2016 10:07PM
What a lovely bird Jenn. Cathy

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