female, probably intergrade with Yellow-shafted. Uncommon for this area, but there are a few records of Red-shafted in Nacogdoches.
The bird was very grey looking upon observation, however, it was heavy overcast with light rain at the time. The key indicator is lack of the red crescent on the back of the neck. Also the mostly grey face is consistent with Red-shafted female.
This was an unusual find, the feathers of a yellow-shafted Northern Flicker.
This is a relatively rare West Coast visitor.
Loud calls; this past weekend was the first time they had been so conspicuous this season.
The trail and clear track of a northern flicker hopping across a sandy trail.
San Bernardino County, California, US
Riverside County, California, US
feeding in a small flock of four birds
The Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) is a medium-sized member of the woodpecker family. It is native to most of North America, parts of Central America, Cuba, the Cayman Islands, and is one of the few woodpecker species that migrate. There are over 100 common names for the Northern Flicker. Among them are: Yellowhammer, clape, gaffer woodpecker, harry-wicket, heigh-ho, wake-up, walk-up, wick-up, yarrup, and gawker bird. Many of these names are attempts at imitating some of its...