Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Wednesday Wings - Yellow-shafted Flicker, Male
Last week I spotted this Flicker in the grass celebrating spring by eating ants, his favorite food.
His head is a little blurry because he was bobbing it up and down so fast.
The female Flicker has been coming to the suet feeder since March, but this is the first time I've spotted the male. (See the female eating suet here.)
The male looks exactly like the female except for the black mustache extending out from his beak.
The pictures were taken between two bars of the porch railing which are showing on the picture edges.
Needless to say, I'm very excited to have a pair. Maybe they'll bring their young to the suet feeder. There's no season as optimistic as the beginning of spring.