Friday's Fotos The Northern Flicker! And Other Birds That Come for a Visit!

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Real Estate Agent with John L Scott Market Center 700512026

It's snowing today in the coastal range of Oregon, Fishhawk Lake area...my ranch in particular. I put out all kinds of seeds and peanut-butter covered bread out for my critters. Today, the oh-so-shy Northern Flicker showed up and dug in for some grub!!

 

This particular bird doesn't stick around if there's any kind of movement that it notices. I got lucky by being inside in a darker area where it couldn't see me.

 

Usually their white "butts" are the only thing I see, as they fly away from me! They are quite large birds, measuring about 8" across I'd say. 

 

They can hang out with my Stellar Jays,

Stellar Jay

 

Juncos, and Gray Jays

Gray Jay

 and even my Mallard duck couple that come to visit in the spring, 

Mallard Duck couple

and no one seems to mind. That is, until one of my Golden Retrievers takes note and heads for the sliding glass door to peer out at the activity!

 

 

 

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Ooooo, love love love your photos, Gayle. How incredible that you're able to capture such wonder in nature. This is a female Northern Flicker. You can also spot yellow under their wings when they fly overhead. That's how I first noticed this bird, many years ago, before I became obsessed by birds. I couldn't understand before I fell in lust why people became birders. Now I do. Or maybe that just makes me an old geezer, LOL.

Mar 23, 2018 10:37 AM #1
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Gayle,

Love all your photos, and my favorite is the first one.  The flicker is a bird I have not seen, and I can't help marveling at the perfect color combination by the ultimate artist, NATURE! 

Mar 23, 2018 10:43 AM #2
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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents I too have become a birder! Can't get enough. It's crazy. I just took video of what I figure is a female Norther Flicker. Didn't see the vibrant red. Still downloading it on YOuTube. So exciting...I have my own "big year" every year! Have you seen the "Birder app on your phone? You can show sightings that you have in certain areas. Very fun!

Ron and Alexandra Seigel that is EXACTLY what I thought....such incredible imagination Mom Nature has for all of us to enjoy if we pay attention! 

I had a Northern Flicker get stuck in my garage for awhile. 

Northern Flicker

 

Mar 23, 2018 11:16 AM #3
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Oh, wow. Aren't they just the coolest birds? I can watch them for hours and, well, have. Yes, I have the Audubon bird app. Have also tried bird photo booth, some crowdfunding thing my husband found. Am very fond of Effingbirds, too. Which, btw, recently signed a co-marketing deal with Audubon. You might wonder how, LOL. They cleaned up that campaign.

Mar 23, 2018 11:33 AM #4
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Spring brings back a lot of the winter birds. A large variety on its way

Mar 23, 2018 11:42 AM #5
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Gayle I don't think I have seen a Stellar Jay or Northern Flicker before.  They are beautiful.

Mar 23, 2018 03:53 PM #6
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Good morning Gayle. Your bird photos are fabulous. I particularly like the blue jay and the duck with the decoy.

Mar 24, 2018 05:22 AM #7
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William Feela I love each season that brings different fowl. And other critters!

George Souto Here is a more recent photo of a Steller's Jay. Same birddish, taken 3.19.18. They have a bit of a squawkish sound and are quite skittish.

Steller's Jay

Mar 24, 2018 05:25 AM #8
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Sheila Anderson both of those ducks are real! A couple who come visit regularly each spring, have their ducklings and then head off to who-knows-where! Here's a photo of Mr. Mallard in Fishhawk Creek, which is one of the boundaries of our property. I use this as my home address return label. 

Mallard Duck male in Fishhawk Creek photo by Gayle Rich-Boxman

Mar 24, 2018 06:02 AM #9
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What a wonderful nature paradise you have there! Gorgeous photos!

Mar 24, 2018 11:50 AM #10
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Simply gorgeous photos. It's been snowing at our place the last couple of days too.  Would love to see a Northern Flicker up close and personal. So far, no luck. Thanks for sharing your wonderful artistry and local wildlife. 

Mar 24, 2018 01:27 PM #11
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Sharon Tara every day is a visual feast for the eyes! There is always something to photograph.

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD these birds and the Varied Thrush (another skittish one) are so appealing to me! The textures and patterns on their bodies give me pause...and allow me to be in awe (again) with everything around me. I hope you, too get to meet one or more someday! 

Varied Thrush

Mar 24, 2018 02:09 PM #12
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Gayle, I love the post with the photos and all the additional photos in your comments, You are the Bird-woman of Fishhawk Lake like you know the Bird-man of Alcatraz:)) I see you know your birds like I know my wines:))Endre

Mar 29, 2018 10:00 PM #13
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I'll take that, Endre Barath, Jr. along with a good Cab!! 

Mar 30, 2018 09:32 AM #14
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Hi Gayle - I will also rave about your photos and about your local knowledge which is quite abundant (and impressive) .

Apr 03, 2018 07:09 AM #15
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Gosh Gayle, You have wonderful photos of birds.  The Stellar Jay is a new one for me. I really like that way his head is perked up while standing on the bird bath.  Thank you for sharing!

Jul 16, 2018 05:45 PM #16
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Gloria Todor well, thank you for resurrecting my post for me to take a fresh look through your eyes! 

Yeah, the Stellar's Jay looks like he's sporting a mighty fine mohawk! 

Jul 16, 2018 07:51 PM #17
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