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Posted By: gifthorse, 02-16-2013, 04:20 PM

A pair of Northern flickers has taken to dining at my bird feeders.















Mmmmm..animal fat!






They're rather shy and wary, so I moved the bird feeders closer to the kitchen window so that they've become somewhat accustomed to me standing so close. So accustomed that they just stick a tongue out at me now.
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What great captures of the Northern Flicker! Thanks for sharing!
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some beautiful captures of this flicker.... well done! dave m

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Beautiful birds. I haven't seen them at my feeders for a while. They provide some great subjects. Colorful and very photogenic.
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Love the Flickers - a rare sight in my area.

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Well done. I especially like # 4 and 5.
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Thanks, everyone! I'm glad you enjoyed them. The flickers aren't the flashiest birds but still one of my favorites. A few days ago, shortly after I took these, all the birds seemed to disappear. Flickers, Jays, Starlings. Everything. I went out to refill the feeders (an at least daily occurrence) and found a bunch of grey feathers scattered under the tree. Uh oh... I finally spotted a sharp shinned hawk nearby. Good news! This afternoon the female flicker was back dining here at Chez Birdseed. I suspect that it was one of the Mourning doves the hawk caught.

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