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 Post subject: Flicker
PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 2:41 pm 
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First time in a while I have seen it near the house

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 Post subject: Re: Flicker
PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 1:48 am 
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Very nice, beautiful birds. We have them around a lot, but I have yet to get a decent picture of them. They like to mingle with the robins at feeding times on the lawn.

I keep looking at the digital SLRs. If we have to move from our current home, I'd like to have photos of all the birds we have, but can only get so many with my camera.


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 Post subject: Re: Flicker
PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 11:24 am 
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Wow,
Nice. I am wondering if the red slash is in a slightly different place than the ones around here who are not too shy at all.
I'm sure this cheeky bird calls when there are not enough nuts in the feeder.

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first time I've seen one drink at the fountain tho, last fall.
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 Post subject: Re: Flicker
PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 1:46 pm 
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Dana wrote:
Wow,
Nice. I am wondering if the red slash is in a slightly different place than the ones around here who are not too shy at all.
I'm sure this cheeky bird calls when there are not enough nuts in the feeder.




Yours looks to be a Red Shafted Flicker. The one in my photos is the Common Flicker.

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 Post subject: Re: Flicker
PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 2:08 pm 
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Yes,
Orange shafted, you're quite right. Nice to see the diffs. We don't get the other here & I don't think I've ever seen one.
I'm not much of a birder but i love to attract them to my yard with the fountain and take film/pics of them all.

Thanks rjj
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 Post subject: Re: Flicker
PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 9:38 pm 
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Beautiful pictures, especially the ones with the snow :) although I'm kind of sick of snow at the moment!

These pictures confirmed some bad news I came across on a walk yesterday. I found a bunch of yellow flight feathers identical to the colors in the first photo. They were scattered across the ground and it looked like a flicker ran into some trouble. I'd like to think maybe it got away safely having just lost a few feathers, but I doubt that was the case.

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 Post subject: Re: Flicker
PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 2:02 pm 
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Nice pictures Dana!

RJ, your photo of the flicker on the chimney reminds me of a time when we had one on our chimney in the spring. He must have sent his message a long way since it sounded like a jackhammer! Our dog couldn't figure out what in the heck was going on. Fortunately, that's the only time they've used it. They're loud enough just using the trees in the spring.


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 Post subject: Re: Flicker
PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 10:32 pm 
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Here's one more I noticed where you can see the difference in tail feather and wing shafts between the two.
Not very clear thru three panes of glass but you can see that he is eying up the two freshly mixed jars of seeds and nuts on the right which are inside the patio. No shyness there!

They look very crisp in the snow and I love the one on the chimney. Ours here use the light standards to drum out their territorial rhythms.

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