This bird sat still for a long time high up in a pine tree, but the sky was so overcast I could never get a real good picture.
Humboldt County, California, US
Integrade; red nape and brownish around eyes like Yellow-shafted (Eastern ssp.), with red malar and grayish face like Red-shafted (Western ssp.); orange in wings and tail. Veterans Park, Sylmar, Los Angeles, CA.
This was the first time I had my camera near by when I saw a flicker working the ground for food. It is my understanding this is the only woodpecker species that gets most of its food from the ground with about 40% being ants.
Imperial County, California, US
Clark County, Nevada, US
This bird is probably one of the hybrids between the Red and Yellow-shafted. It had yellow-orange under the wings and orange under the tail. Face pattern interesting as well.
I did not realize until today and looking more closely at Sibley, that what we seem to have here is the Yellow-shafted form. What we had noticed at a considerable distance across a pond was the flash of gold; did not know what it was we had seen until cropping some pictures and seeing three Northern Flickers.
this bird was calling repeatedly, very loudly; wasn't sure of what it was due to the sun right behind it until I was able to lighten the picture and see its colors