Friday, October 17, 2014

Red-shafted Flicker

Yesterday I walked over four miles while birding in three different locations in West Salem, yet in the end the best photo of the day was taken back home in the afternoon while sitting in my patio.  I spotted this female flicker in our neighbor’s tree and quickly retrieved my camera from my den. You can easily see why this has been known as a Red-shafted Flicker. There was also such a bird as a Yellow-shafted Flicker.  But currently the two flickers have been lumped together and both the Red and the Yellow are now recognized as the Northern Flicker


  1. Sometimes I find their red tail feathers in our yard. So pretty.

  2. Here in Colorado we are blessed with both red and yellow shafted, as well as intergrades with orange on the underside of tails and wings. Our feeders are visited by the "eastern" variety with the black mustache and red nape as well as the more common red-shafted with the red mustache.