For more information on the habitat, vegetation, and weather on the day this was found, please see the journal entry for April 9, 2012, specifically for the Washington Park Arboretum. This bird looked like a female mallard to me at a distance, but as I got closer I noticed the long, slim beak and the spots on its body. I used the spots to identify it as a northern flicker. This bird is a member of the woodpecker family, which explains the long beak. The males have a red "mustache", which helped me identify this one in particular as a female. These birds live here year round.
Picture taken by Olisavia Veliz, who accompanied me on this day and took a picture for me since my camera wasn't good enough to get this bird.
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