What Kind of Bird?

A died in the wool birder would know this one on site…I’m stumped. He/she and their buddy visited last week. I caught these photos through the window. I haven’t a clue as to what they were, but I’d like to know. It sure had a nice polka dot breast.

18 thoughts on “What Kind of Bird?”

  1. The profile of the bird is wonderful! I do not know what kind of bird it is, but I wonder if it’s young because of the polka dot markings? I’ll check back later to see if someone has identified it; it is very attractive, esp. the way you photographed it.

  2. It is, indeed, a “Northern Flicker,” and a good shot of one too. I like your photo very much. That is one bird that has not stopped off here in my backyard wildlife sanctuary that I am aware of. I have seen them and heard them but none were here for me to photograph. So, I am a bit jealous.

    I just finished putting up 12 different hummingbird photos on my website. If you are interested, copy and paste the URL > http://www.oldmanlincoln.com

  3. Norma,

    A follow-up. If you go northbound on Carlsbad road from 101 at the second cross street, by the church on the left, there is a stand of large Douglas Firs (?), in the summer you can usually see Flickers in the stand. Make a left hand turn by the church and in the summer there are usually hawks always gliding in the fields. I have also observed Kertrel’s there every summer. It is not a heavily used road and a good place to just sit and wait to see what shows up. There is a newer development on the left side of the road, so I do not know this will change the area.

  4. Thank you to Kerri and Abe who took the time to tell me what kind of bird it is that visited my back yard. (That is a great link, Kerri) I stopped by to see Abe’s hummingbirds…magnificent! And now Dennis has given me a new spot to look for birds. Thanks to you all.

  5. Norma, we have these out in Diamond Point. They love to try to drill holes in our houses! You will hear what sounds like a jack-hammer especially on some of the neighbor’s metal roofs. They are persistant and you have to chase them away 4 or 5 times before they will give up (and simply go to the next house). Beautiful but pesky.

  6. Glad to find out what they are too. I have some strange birds flitting around our backyard too, about the same size as these but the coloring is somewhat different. Now I’m curious and will try to get a picture if I can.
    These are super.

  7. Nice picture of the Northern Flicker (member of the woodpecker family)! We have quite a few that visit our backyard feeders in the summer in MA. One fall we had about 20 -25 feeding on the ground at once What a sight that was! (They may have been migrating.) The loveliest part of the flicker is the ‘yellow’ under there wings as they fly off. They are about the size of a blue jay with a very wide wing span (for their size). It’s one of those birds that can make your day.

  8. Definitely a flicker, and they love the kind of suet feeder with bugs in them, as well as the berries. I see he’s after yours.
    The dots on the chest only arrive after reaching adulthood. I think the dots are particular to each bird, but am not sure. They seem different to me.
    They are very persistent, and have attitude, but are fun.

  9. It is a Northern Flicker, a variety of woodpecker. This looks like a female. Males have red marks on their cheeks.

  10. These are amazingly beautiful birds. They are also great anteaters. I rehabbed one with a broken wing once and he would walk over the floor pecking at our carpenter ants. Beats having Orkin!

  11. What a gorgeous picture of a Northern Flicker. He must have been lost–blown in by a hurricane, etc.

  12. Saw this bird in my sourthern Marin County California backyard today feasting on fruit from my Japanese persimmon tree. Thanks for the ID!

  13. I know this bird as the Red-Shafted flicker. I live in Sequim and we see them all the time at the woodpecker feeder. They are quite common in the area year round.

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