Northern Flicker (Picadae)
Northern Flickers are large, brown woodpeckers with a gentle expression and handsome black-scalloped plumage. On walks, don’t be surprised if you scare one up from the ground. It’s not where you’d expect to find a woodpecker, but flickers eat mainly ants and beetles, digging for them with their unusual, slightly curved bill. When they fly you’ll see a flash of color in the wings – yellow if you’re in the East, red if you’re in the West – and a bright white flash on the rump.
Courtesy: All About Birds
Female Ladder Back (Picoides)
I am very excited about this find after I saw the map and their usual habitat. I had a hard time finding an image to help me identify this woodpecker. Finally I found the information needed to identify at Green Nature. The males, like many other woodpeckers have a red stripe on their heads but not the females. I am excited because where I live is just barely within their range of habitat. I hope they stay here and now I want to find a male.
The tiny spot of purple, in the middle, on the line, between Texas and Oklahoma, on this map, is the Oklahoma side of Lake Texoma, where we live. It was a lucky find according to this map.
I have no clue what this fellow is. I didn't even know I had a shot of him until I got home and downloaded my images. I was taking a picture of the little bird on a line and he flew by. He is beautiful. Please let me know if you can identify him.
I Don't Know. Help Please!
It was a fly by!
Last but far from least, I close with a hope and a prayer for Spring. We found our first Robin of the season yesterday. Normally they do not show up here again until late February. So they are a tad early and they were everywhere.
Dare we hope for an early Spring?
Thank you Anni for getting me hooked on birds!