Tuesday, April 7, 2015

My Friend Flicker

Red-shafted northern flickers are elusive. They are a woodpecker I often see at a distance -- a large bird, twice the size of an American Robin, but a swift bird that rolls up and down in flight. Like a bustling farmer, the flicker is constantly moving to harvest insects from trees and the air.

Yesterday's unexpected blizzard dropped flies like a bird feast. My friend flicker cozied up with a traveling Oregon junco to share the crop of flies in the grass. Here is a rare still look at a flicker:

Linking up with Abracabadra for Wordless Wednesday. Photos by Charli Mills. 

Oregon Junco


Flickers are Big & Well Camouflaged

Sharing the Feast of Flies

A Flicker is Twice the Size of a Robin

Look at Those Spots!

Always an Alert Bird

Uh-oh...I've Been Spotted

Preparing to Depart

What Dashing Leap!


  1. What a magnificent bird! Thank you for sharing this part of your world!

    1. I was so excited that I could get shots of him, otherwise he's a blur about the place!

  2. Beautiful pictures.Dropping in via Wordless Wednesday @Abracadabra.blogspot.in.
    Have a nice day .

    1. Thank you! And thanks for stopping by Elmira Pond!

  3. Loved the clicks, Charli

    I am sure the bird also enjoyed being clicked up close ;)

    Always a pleasure to have you on board.
    Apologize for the delay. Kid spring break :)

  4. You have some amazing bird life at Elmira Pond Charli, I've never seen a flicker before, and I can see what you mean about their camoflague, so you did really well to get these photos!