Jordan Lake: I think “startling” is the best adjective for this display of a pair of yellow-shafted northern flickers this morning. The female is the one flying off to the right. The male had thought to visit with her, their chattering had filled the woods and the cove, but she had other thoughts. The golden-yellow color of the shafts is only seen when the flickers are in flight … making it a challenge to photograph them as they flicker about the woods.
Jordan Lake Neighborhood
The red-headed woodpecker often drills more than one nest cavity before deciding which one to use.
The northern yellow-shafted flicker can chisel out its own cavity but is not adverse to stealing a site.
The red-headed woodpecker had made 3 holes on one side of the tree and 1 hole on the opposite side.
The flicker didn’t care which one she got, she was just determined to take a cavity for herself.
I don’t know who won the dispute, yet.
the early light graces a female northern yellow-shafted flicker
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