Imagine my delight Sunday when I caught a glimpse of yellow on a big bird at the suet feeder, looked up, and saw a female Flicker.
Of course I grabbed the camera, even knowing the window needed washing.
As soon as she flew away I grabbed the window cleaner and went outside to shine up the glass and refill the suet feeder hoping she'd be back.
She did come back and wasn't shy about using her large, sharp beak to gobble down large wads of suet. The other birds stayed out of her way.
Here's a more dignified picture as she rested a second between bites.
A few Flicker facts:
- A large woodpecker, 12-14 inches long.
- Normally insect feeds on the ground.
- Favorite food is ants.
- Has a two inch long sticky tongue to lap up ants.
- Nests in a cavity high up in the forest tree tops.
- Brings ants to the hatchlings.
She was nice enough to turn her head so I could get a good picture of the red V on the back of her neck. The males have the same markings with the addition of a black streak placed like a mustache.