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Flicker ~ Photo Challenge Day 56

I am continuing with the 365 Photos Challenge and I am now on Day 56. Anyone can join in, you do not have to be nominated. Here are the rules on the 365 Photos Challenge.

I am amazed to see so many different birds visiting my deck feeder even in the snow. This morning I counted five different species at the feeder all at one time. So exciting. This Northern Flicker is waiting his turn for the food. They are a challenge to photograph, very skittish especially while on the deck. First time he has ever came this close. I was inside behind the glass doors. Will try to get a better shot next time.

I love watching these flickers in my yard. They are in the woodpecker family. They seldom come to the deck. But when the snow starts, they come looking for food. Other days they peck at the ground looking for ants! Their favorite food is ants. Northern Flickers are large, brown woodpeckers with a black-scalloped plumage. On walks, don’t be surprised if you scare one up from the ground. It’s not where you would expect to find a woodpecker, but flickers eat mainly ants and beetles, digging for them with their unusual, slightly curved bill. When they fly you’ll see a flash of color in the wings, yellow if you are in the East, red if you are in the West, and a bright white flash on the rump. They are beautiful birds.

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Written by Carol DM


  1. Oh me! How glad I am to find this post! Couldn’t love it more! I’ve never seen such a cheerful snow picture and it has royally brightened me up! As if that’s not a big enough gift, to learn that these Northern Flickers love to eat ants makes me determined to find out more about these beautiful creatures. I’ve considered trying to rent an anteater from the zoo but am informed that they are rather large and fierce. Thanks for sharing the photo and info!

    • Well thank you very much! I tried for weeks to figure out what they were doing pecking at eh ground, in the winter! What could be under there. And who knew, it was ants sometimes just the larvae is what they find. Thank you for visiting!