Northern Flicker at the Celery Bog

Here’s a Northern Pajamabird, no, no, that’s not right. Oh, it’s a Northern Flicker. Whenever I see one of these beautifully scalloped little dudes, I can’t help but think that would be a great pattern for some jammies. Okay, I feel like I’m over-sharing now so moving onward, you’ll notice the yellow shafted tail feathers of this eastern subspecies of Flicker. The red shafted subspecies is common in the west. Also interesting, a group of Flickers is known as a “guttering” for their annoying habit of drumming on aluminum gutters and chimney flues while trying to attract a mate. Another cool trait is their ability to hover in mid-air while perched on a branch!

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