Northern Flicker | A Second Look

Late in the day the Yellow-Shafted Northern Flicker returned to examine the hole in the trunk it looked at the day before. We’re hopeful it will choose the hole as a nesting site. Our view would be good. For a few minutes the Flicker was inside the hole. I went for the camera. When I returned the Flicker was sitting quietly on a branch about 4 ft from the hole as if waiting for something.

A squirrel had climbed the trunk and scared it. The squirrel sat on a branch preening and in no hurry to move on. This stand-off lasted for 10-15 minutes. Neither one budged.

The Flicker turned revealing more markings and color. Note the yellow shaft on the tail feather. It is rare for them to sit still.

It looked back over its shoulder at times to see if the squirrel was still there. I kept shooting.

The squirrel got tired of waiting and moved on to another tree. The Flicker perched on the entrance to the hole and looked around inside for several more minutes before it also left. We hope it returns.


11 thoughts on “Northern Flicker | A Second Look

  1. melissabluefineart

    You got some wonderful photos of this beautiful bird. I seldom get such a good look at flickers but they are a favorite of mine. I’m coming to hate squirrels for their bully tactics toward the world at large. Also they are eating the flower buds off all my trees. My young dog and I sit at the window, frothing in impotent rage. Soon the neighbors may well see both of us at the base of a tree, barking!

    1. Jim R Post author

      They have been high in the trees here nibbling away at buds. Between nibbles they chase each other hoping for some quick sex. So far I have not seen any falls. Still hoping. 🙂

      If you do resort to barking up the trees, please get some video.

      1. Joan Frohne

        I had not had a chance to see one up close for more than a second. They are really very pretty with many unique markings and several colors.

  2. tierneycreates

    Gasp! What a spectacular bird! We love bird watching and have a pair of binoculars and a Central Oregon guide to birds card in our front window area. Squirrel-bird standoff – ha!


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