Here you go! This is the Northern, yellow-shafted flicker! She (there is no "mustache" stripe) was so busy hunting for bugs in the lawn that she didn't care that I was filming her. Don't be fooled by that loud voice. That's a cardinal in a nearby tree. The flicker sounds more like a rusty gate.
This is a woodpecker, a fairly large one, although not as huge as the pileated. It is also the only one of ours that feeds on the ground. It's looking for insects. Ants are supposed to be a favorite. Works for me... I have too many in the kitchen most summers. I have read that they will crush ants and then use the bodies to groom themselves. The theory is that the formic acid in the ant bodies kills parasites on the birds' skin.
The plan? Yes, I need to be getting ready for another hike. I leave here on May 2 for New York. Today I put 30 pounds in my backpack and walked for an hour before Vicky and I went frogging. Lots to do! I had better get started before the weekend. This is only a 6 day hike, with just Marie and me, so the prep isn't nearly so extensive as for the big hike last year. I'll keep you posted.
I'm working on a video of the frog adventure for tomorrow.
|See The Flicker the pictures aren't as good, but it's a male, and it's pecking on a log, which they also do|