Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Red Car Property: Northern Flicker

Photo: Diane Edwardson, March 9, 2013.  This out of the ordinary bird, observed  in a California Black Walnut Tree on the northern end of the Red Car Property, appears to be a female Northern Flicker.  (Click on photos to enlarge.) 
Photo: Diane Edwardson, March 9. 2013.  According to the Cornell Lab or Ornithology, Northern Flickers are large woodpeckers who migrate through Southern California.  I had never seen one in my previous 23 years of walking the Red Car Property.  The woodpeckers I've seen in the neighborhood are usually about 4 to 5" tall.  Northern Flickers are 11 - 12". 
Photo: Diane Edwardson, March 9, 2013.  The bird made sure I got lots of shots, even flashing its golden feathers under its tail & wings for the camera. 
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