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Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Red-Shafted Flicker
I've loved flickers for years so I was happy to see Oregon has plenty. I believe the ones I used to see in TN and MN were yellow-shafted flickers but I'm pretty sure mine in Oregon are red-shafted. The sun (SO much sun yesterday!) bleached out his face a bit but I still think he is red-shafted.

Tags:  birds, Oregon
Indeed it is a red-shafted flicker!! I played the video and it got about half way through and it stopped on me. I have tried re-running it again but I can't get it to start. I did see enough (I stopped and started the video frequently when I first had it going)) to see red where yellow would be in the yellow-shafted flicker.
stheinz   Thursday, February 19, 2009
It was a long one but he was so beautiful and I loved all the angles to show off his plummage and that LONG bill eating. You don't usually see them at the seeds as often when they have enough insects to eat. I think, if I remember right that you can also see the squirrel off and on in the background at the squirrel feeder off the side of the shed. I also liked his going over to the tree--I thought for a suet chaser but then he stayed on the tree instead. That's the suet cage from the cam that he landed beside.

I didn't have a problem with it stopping but at one time I tried to see what it was like full-screen and it blew up IE Explorer. I love Windows. :)

The more I use my Mac--the more I wish I could find a job at a place that only used Macs. LOL
LGrant   Thursday, February 19, 2009
They're beautiful creatures!
!   Thursday, February 19, 2009
I finally figured out what the problem was that I was having and corrected it. I watched your video all the way through and did see the squirrel. I have had flickers eating from my suet feeder previously, but never seen them at my bird feeder!! Beautiful bird. I don't recall having seen a red-shafted flicker here although the bird guide map places them in this area.
I am in with a group of guys that lease nearly 1000 acres of farmland/timber for hunting purposes. I plan on making trips to the farm this spring to photograph birds. I am hoping to capture several species that don't come into towns.
stheinz   Thursday, February 19, 2009
He is a quiet little fellow who certainly enjoys chowing down.
Leslie   Thursday, February 19, 2009
Yep, Leslie, they can be vocal. I have heard them at parks before and focused on them by locating their sound. Right at the moment I don't remember what that is. My bird brain (no slight--they are smart!) knows it when it hears it. I want to say it is a whoop or some kind of sound.

Steve, I saw lots of yellow-shafted in MN particularly at the parks. I don't remember red-shafted there either. I'm wondering if it is the flat wood bench that makes him feel comfortable eating. I thought the first time I saw him that it was the snow and lack of food. I know insect-eaters will resort to bird seed if food is scarce. But, I have several that come together so I know it isn't just one who likes it. The seed isn't anything special. It's a no-waste blend to avoid the clean-up of hulls (like all these peanut shells!) but the flicker seems to enjoy it. And he does like to hang upside down for the suet. I'd love to get that on video.

It's been a while since I have been so bird obsessed. I think your photos started it and then feeding them with the snowfall and continuing and seeing all the different varieties and what the suet cage brought. I am sitting with binoculars and my bird book all the time again. LOL
LGrant   Thursday, February 19, 2009
Good morning! Ok, this is a little 'odd'. Realized I'm a complete stranger. haha BUT, I think you have an answer to a question of mine. Was perusing your photos - noticed this bird video. I snapped a shot of a bird I'd never seen - thought it was a northern flicker after looking at bird sites?? Do you think it's the same as your "red shafted flicker" .


Joan Newsome   Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Unfortunately I don't have a Facebook account and that is required to view your bird. If you don't have a Humzoo site for posting (should get one!) you might google the flicker and see if that is the same. The red-shafted has the distinctive red bar on the face where the yellow-shafted (male) has a black bar. I think in both the females lacks the bar--not positive there. Technically (unless changed in the last few years) they are both considered Northern Flicker but the Red-Shafted is only in the west and the Yellow-Shafted is in the east and mid-section. My bird book says they do interbreed in the middle so you might have one that looks red-shafted that isn't as far west. Not sure if when they interbreed which one comes out on top. :) Sorry I couldn't look at your photo.
LGrant   Wednesday, March 24, 2010
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