This post can be brought to you because the Flicker came to a sad end. She flew into a window and broke her neck. I found her within a few hours, and there was no decomposition yet. It's sad, but it allows me to show you the beautiful coloration of the feathers. Technically, this is the Yellow-shafted Flicker, Colaptes Auratus, because the feather shafts of wings and tail are... yellow.
There is a western variant of the species, the Red-shafted Flicker. I haven't ever seen one. Keep in mind, this is a woodpecker. Now for the beautiful surprise. I'll turn the bird over.
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A sad but beautiful sight.
While I see them regularly around here, I've never noticed that much yellow on one before. It's a pity about the circumstances that made this post possible.
I've never seen a yellow one...our red-shafted flickers peck at our house - especially the metal flashing on the roof. makes a spectacular noise LOL
Imagine the yellow as a brilliant tangerine and that's what I see almost every day.
so sad but beautiful
I was thinking what a pretty bird and then when you showed the second picture, oh my, that's a really pretty bird. So sad that it flew into a window.
Aw, darn. I don't like when I find them like that. :(
Those flickers, while lovely, are very LOUD, aren't they? They are some noisy birdies!
What an incredibly beautiful bird! I've never seen one. Sad that it met its demise in such a tragic way. I hope it was a quick death without too much suffering.
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