A Northern Flicker posed for us pretty well in Oaks Bottom Refuge. This photo doesn't show the red wing feathers of the western subspecies (in the east they're yellow).
My FOY Northern Flicker along Campbell Flats Road this morning. This guy was feeding in the fields along the road there, and eventually flew off, displaying his characteristic white rump patch.
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.