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Posted By: 8540tomg, 09-05-2009, 10:29 AM

Some onithological assistance required here.

I think this is some sort of Sandpiper but that red patch on the back of the head doesn't seem to fit in my bird guide. Fortunatley, I always get a quick answer in this forum. I haven't seen these fellows in the area until today. Possibly they are migrating south. I any case they were seen in a pond area up the road.







There were a pair of them.







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It's a Flicker--a woodpecker common in the NE & Mid-Atlantic. They seem more comfortable strolling about on the ground than other woodpeckers.
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It's a Flicker--a woodpecker common in the NE & Mid-Atlantic. They seem more comfortable strolling about on the ground than other woodpeckers.
Wow! That was quick Dave. I like your shot as well. Was that from the K 1000/8?

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Yep...Flicker

The yellow-shafted race (your pictures) is common on the eastern half of N. America with the red-shafted race being found in the west (my area). (The term "shafted" refers to the colorful shafts of the primary feathers)

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QuoteOriginally posted by 8540tomg Quote
Wow! That was quick Dave. I like your shot as well. Was that from the K 1000/8?

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Yep--"The Black Dragon" :~)
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Yep...Flicker

The yellow-shafted race (your pictures) is common on the eastern half of N. America with the red-shafted race being found in the west (my area). (The term "shafted" refers to the colorful shafts of the primary feathers)

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Thanks Steve,

The Downy Woodpecker is more common in my area. Obviously Flickers are in the area as well but I just haven't noticed them before.

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Our Flickers here are slightly different. Shot this one last summer. JIM

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Our Flickers here are slightly different. Shot this one last summer. JIM
Yes, ours lack the red on the back of the head. I can't say that I have ever seen one on the ground either.

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Steve, someone had thrown bird seed on the side of the road. Was able to get 5-7 good shots. JIM
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