How Often Does a Northern Flicker Land in Your Yard?

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Real Estate Agent with Lyon Real Estate BRE #00697006

This is a bird I rarely see in Sacramento. Maybe because they don't much hang out in Land Park. Or maybe just not my yard. But yesterday I was very excited to have discovered a Northern Flicker prancing around my back yard. I could not get a better photo than the one I'm showing you here because I was on the phone, like usual.

Ha, like a client asked me today where is my office. I told him it's in the sky. He wanted to know physically which office do I frequent or do I simply work out of my house. Yes, like any other agent, I work out of my house. It became apparent I was facing a struggle dealing with an important phone conversation and my urge to shoot a photo of this bird, both happening simulataneously.

You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: Spotted a Red Shafted Northern Flicker in Sacramento.

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Elizabeth Weintraub is an author, home buying expert for About.com, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Weintraub is also a Sacramento Short Sale agent who lists and successfully sells short sales throughout the four-county Sacramento area with an emphasis on Elk Grove. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put 40 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate. BRE License # 00697006.

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Rainmaker
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Elizabeth. This is a neat bird and I have never seen one before.

Oct 18, 2018 06:20 AM #1
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Joan Cox
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Elizabeth, when a great photo opp presents itself, we usually ARE on the phone, but you got a pretty good photo.   Have not seen one either, but maybe we don't have them around here.

Oct 18, 2018 07:09 AM #2
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Joan Cox you will find flickers throughout North America !!

Oct 18, 2018 07:14 AM #3
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents I had to Google Northern Flicker to see what you were talking about and see if it was in our area. Did you know there are "Over 100 common names for the northern flicker are known"  now that fact surprised me. It also surprised me that this bird may be in my area year around. Thanks for the post.

Oct 18, 2018 08:51 AM #4
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Lauren Williams, CPO
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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents I had a pair of these nesting in an ancient tree in my Maryland backyard almost 20 years ago, the first summer I moved in to that particular house. They raised two fledglings, it was amazing to watch. To this day they are some of my favorite birds. Try to watch for them: their behaviors can be very amusing.

Oct 18, 2018 11:29 AM #5
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Wow Elizabeth- amazed that you know your birds. I'm pretty good at recognizing peacocks!!! LOL And sellers need to understand that pricing "a little higher" to make more money may mean eliminating a lot of buyers. 

Oct 18, 2018 06:08 PM #6
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Sheila Anderson I bet you have flickers. Look for a flash of yellow under the wing while they are flying. They are larger than most other birds, too.

Oct 19, 2018 09:46 AM #7
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Bob "RealMan" Timm I spotted my first ever Northern Flicker in Minneapolis. Like you, surprised to discover they have been in the area all my life. We don't notice birds unless we make a point to.

So, my advice is . . . make a point to.

Then before you know it, one day you find yourself buying birding books. You realize the extent of what is happening to you when you actually pack up shit and go out into the wilderness to spot SPECIFIC birds, and discover you are on a mission . . . which you achieve. And you are ELATED. You look in the mirror and say WHO IS THIS PERSON?

Oct 19, 2018 09:50 AM #8
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Lauren Williams, CPO In our area in Sacramento, I don't see them nesting, more foraging behavior, pecking the ground. And I am simply so delighted to spot the flickers in my grass.

Oct 19, 2018 09:52 AM #9
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